"This face with pen point nose, is partially open to reveal the inner workings of it’s personality and anatomy. The flat, pink background contrasts with the black and grey grotesquery of the face to project an abstract prettiness."
ink spray paint on Fabriano Artistico paper, 30” x 22” (76 x 56 cm)
Retail Price $ 2.000
"A girl peers at us through a measuring device while sitting on a sort of see-saw. Her „flower headed“ suitor leans in (for a kiss?). Her Pilgrim collar, youthful countenance and demure hairstyle project innocence but she’s barefoot, her skirt hiked up and her pink wing drooping. She has a decision to make…."
ink oil paint on Yupo paper, 5’ X 5.5’???
Retail Price $ 3.500
"I photographed a drawing from my art/nature series with a paper plate pinned where the head should be. The casual marks and shadow of the plate and use of a push pin contrast humorously with the careful plant drawing and human torso underneath."
archival inkjet photo d/v, 22“ x 17“ (56 x 43 cm)
Retail Price $ 2.000
Your paintings are mysterious, imaginative and seem to tell a story. Tell me about your process: Do you have the final painting already in your mind when you start?
I draw in notebooks in an automatic way, letting my hand go free. Afterward, I tear out images that interest me and place them in a box of possibilities. Some of these images will be used but are not integral to the final layout. The story develops as the work progresses.
Your animals seem alien-like or combination of human and animal. What do they symbolize? What do you hope to evoke from the viewer?
Our animal nature seems subliminal because we have built a culture that says we are civilized. My figures explore the visceral aspects of our existence that are often hidden from ourselves and others.
Why do you combine ink and oil?
The marks left behind when ink and water evaporate on Yupo paper are suggestive of natural forms. Sensuous, organic oil paint sits on the surface of the Yupo paper and is easily wiped away so that I can rework the form indefinitely. Pentimenti, or accidental marks made as a result of this process further an integration of the form and background.
You work in many mediums: painting, photography, sculpture and drawing. Do you have a favorite?
Drawing is the basis for all my work. Painting, photography and sculpture are natural extensions, like tributaries of a river.
What do you enjoy doing, when you are not working as an artist?
I am an avid reader of fiction, especially the kind that delves into our primal motivations.
What are your three favorite places in Miami?
My studio, the beach, and Sherwood’s on 83rd and Northeast 2nd (sherwoodsbistro.com).
What are you working on currently?
I am interested in adding color back to my paintings. In a recent series of photographs, strong, translucent color enlivens the simplicity of drawing and mystery.
Read more: sarastites.com
Sara Stites, originally a New Yorker, lives and works in Thomaston, Maine and Miami, Florida. She has a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from Pratt Institute.
Her work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad at Galerie Hellenbeck in Paris and Nice, France, in Miami at Design Sublime and at the CMCA in Rockland, Maine. Currently, Stites is the featured artist in the Maine Arts Journal Summer 2018 issue(http://maineartsjournal.com/sara-stites-a-journey/).
Upcoming: a solo show at Under the Bridge, Miami in September, 2018.