Sarah's Biography:
Sarah has loved art all her life and has been painting and drawing since a very early age. After high school Sarah decided that art was something she wanted to pursue professionally.  So Sarah studied at The Art Insitute of Chicago and earned her B.F.A in 1998.   Since then Sarah has been in Indiana working and painting.  Sarah loves botanical forms, mythology and surface design and all of these things play a big part in her art.  Sarah makes everything from cameos and pyasnky eggs, to needle lace and watercolor paintings. Lately Sarah has been thinking about new ways of drawing.  How to use line and color in a new way, so Sarah’s latest work involves lace making and knit images.

Sarah's Personal Statement:
“The art I make is sometimes ironic, silly or dramatic; it always shows a dedication to beauty and quality.  I work to make art that speaks for itself and sweeps the viewer up either in a joke, a fairy tale or myth, a dream or the beauty of nature.”
Comments by the Assistant Curator

Comments by the Assistant Curator

Sarah has been involved in the art world since her time at the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1990's. It was during this time she developed all the necessary skills to become the watercolorist she is today. She focues often on plants and flowers but her use of negative space and the materials make them original to Swisher. The soft hues of the background allow the design and detail of the foreground to pop.
   
Swisher's painting, Lilac, resembles another artist who focused on botanicals: Anna Atkins. However, Atkins did not use pigment to paint her imagery, she used the sun with the alternative photography process Cyanotype. Atkins would put the subject matter directly onto the enlargement paper and let it expose through sunlight. Both Swisher and Atkins have used their mediums to view nature from a different perspective.

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