Sarah Ingraham welcomes us into her Sunset Park studio – bursting with color, pattern, and lush botanical tablescapes.
Sarah’s paintings are ideated intuitively, without preliminary drawing. She starts on a vibrantly colored ground and freehand renders florals, abundant piles of citrus and stonefruit, dizzyingly patterned tableware, and resplendent vessels. Inspired by a recent trip to Portugal, Ingraham includes tile and decorative borders in these paintings, filling the work with even more pattern and color.
Each piece is its own unique meditative portal into a lush, color-abundant, mystery chamber where there seems to be no real time and space.
This homage to azulejo tilework is one of the many nods to ornamentation and decorative arts throughout art history that have influenced Sarah’s practice. The extravagance of her tableaus are further underscored by her vivid palette, which combines complementary colors, giving a vibrational quality to the objects being depicted.
The peaches are the highlight of this series. For me, their rainbow flesh arranged in clumsy little piles became the total embodiment of joy and vitality.