Sarah Amos, Rockwell Visiting Artist
January 11 to February 18, 2007
The Rockwell Visiting Artist Fund at Taft and the Potter Gallery will host master printer Sarah Amos. Ms. Amos lives in East Fairfield, Vermont and maintains an active exhibition schedule of her own work despite her intense commitment to teaching other artists. For ten years, Amos was the Master Printer/ Director at the Vermont Studio Center Press. Her work is shown at Reeves Contemporary in New York, and she is on the faculty at Dartmouth College, where she teaches lithography.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Sarah Amos came initially to the United States in the early 1990s, to attend the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Amos began working with monoprints, and one can see this legacy continuing in the ground layers of each piece. Whether a painting or a work on paper, she creates a foundation for each with soft, repetitive shapes and quiet color. The successive layers of pattern in the works on paper are laid on often while the surface is still wet. Her visual vocabulary demonstrates a consistent allegiance to her history and her native culture.
Ms. Amos employs a process of richly layered printmaking punctuated by over-painting vibrant and dynamic patterns that echo the indigenous culture of her homeland Australia. The fluid threading of lines, dots and swirls wind their way through these marvelously open and celebratory works.