When I look at a landscape, I see a moment caught in time. A layer of rock and mineral resting between climatic and geological events. Their surfaces scarred by glaciers, the ridge lines formed by tectonic uplifts and erosion. All evidence of a landscape that has experienced dramatic shifts in character over time.
My art focuses on mountain and desert land formations. Their geological narrative. How waterways, weather and climate changes interact with their ridge lines and rock surfaces. Through painting, I can mimic the geological story of the subjects that I interpret. I’ve developed a set of abstract textures to use in my miniature collages and large scale paintings that are based on fifteen geological patterns found in landscapes. I arrange these textures in layers, over time, within scenes of heightened luminosity and saturated colour palettes that suggest familiar scenic vignettes. I also incorporate crushed mineral and rock like marble dust, mica flake and pink granite into my paintings to create moments of discovery in the work. In essence, I’m deconstructing nature’s elements and reconstructing them anew to show how nothing is fixed forever in stone. The Earth is not static and is constantly evolving and adapting to its environmental stressors.
I’ve recently started in a new series of environmental works focusing on large scale Wildfires. Documenting and revealing “Sudden Geology”–Instant and unpredictable changes to our landscape as our Earth adapts to global warming. Even though, the Earth has experienced cooling and warming cycles, mass extinctions and drastic physical changes from the beginnings of its existence, we are now more aware of its impact to us as a species and our impact on the one and only home we have.
Sarah Winkler is a British-born, US-based painter and collage artist. Winkler studied Art and Earth Science at William Paterson University and combines both subjects in her landscape and environmental based artwork.
Winkler exhibits in the nationally in galleries and Art Fairs. Her work was recently showcased at the LA Art Fair and Art Aspen in 2018 coinciding with a major solo show “Luminous Mountainous” in Denver at K Contemporary. Her commissioned artworks are featured in many prominent private and corporate collections including Hilton, West Palm Beach, Florida, The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Viceroy at Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado. The Ritz Carlton Denver, Colorado. Chevron, San Ramon, California. Intercontinental Saint Paul, Minnesota. San Francisco General Hospital and Montage, Empire Pass, Deer Valley Resorts in Park City, Utah.
Her first environmental show was in 2014 at Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco where Winkler created in relief paintings the cycle of a diminishing coral reef habitat. She is currently working towards her second environmental exhibition of work “Smoke Signals” scheduled for April 2020 at K Contemporary in Denver. The exhibit coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.
Her works have appeared in publications such as Scientific American, Dwell, Alpine Modern, Mountain Living, CREATE!, The Jealous Curator and New American Paintings.
She works full time as an artist in a custom built studio at a 9,000-foot peak in the Colorado Rocky Mountains near Denver. Her work is currently represented by K Contemporary in Denver and Gallery MAR in Park City, Utah.