One time on a hike at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, I saw a bird who lives on the water walk amidst a stand of trees. The bird’s feet looked like swim fins. The trees stood.
Ways of traversing landscape is a recurring theme in my work. I aim for a wobbly kind of balance, where definition and doubt keep each other upright.
About the Artist
Sabine Carlson is an American painter born in Cologne, Germany. She exhibits widely in the United States as well as internationally. Her paintings are featured in ‘Studio Visit’, ‘American Art Collector’, ‘West Branch’ and ‘New American Paintings’. Her work is included in public, corporate and private collections in Germany, Italy, in the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Recent exhibitions include ‘HOPE’, a Virtual Invitational Exhibit, VIRIDIAN Artists, New York, NY; ‘Symbiotic Presence’ juried by Shanti Norris, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood, MD; ‘Perspective: Prince George’s, Maryland House of Delegates Lowe House Office Building, Annapolis, MD; 'Tracing Ripples’, paintings by Sabine Carlson, at the Ebbeler Family Maryland Heritage Center Gallery, Pyramid Atlantic Arts Building, Hyattsville, MD; ‘12th Annual Contemporary Figurative Show', Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO; 'One House Project', BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; '50thAnniversary Exhibition', Viridian Artists at Chelsea, New York, NY; 'Mid Atlantic New Painting 2018', University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA; 'CHROMA, Paintings by Sabine Carlson and Robert Matthews, HCAC, Ellicott City, MD.
Carlson holds a BFA degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. She has lived and worked in the Mid Atlantic Region since 1995. Since 2005 her studio is located in College Park, MD.
I work with gouache, acrylics and oil paint and along with brushes use palette knives and squeegees. During the give and take of building and scraping, shapes and colors are moving about the surface and form the underlying balances and structures my compositions are built on. My imagery draws from landscape I wander in and from digital scape streaming around me.
The works featured here are representatives of two series around the theme of migration. Both series are ongoing.