While Mr. Forager & I are on the road, making our way to California, we’re rerunning Artsy Forager’s most popular posts. This post originally published on February 9, 2012. Enjoy!
When I paint, I tend to turn the lights off at certain points of progress, in order to view my work in the dark. The darkness reveals the light. The work of New Hampshire artist Sarah Ann Loreth explores this same notion in a conceptual way, through imagery that is at once eerie and haunting, yet strangely peaceful.
Loreth seems to be feeling her way through the reality of humanity– her work is emotional, bringing to the forefront our own fears and anxieties, but somehow quieting them. In each work there seems to be a small voice whispering, It’s okay, this life and your troubles are only temporary..
We’ve all had those moments when life just seems unbearable. When we question why we are here and why it is just so plain hard sometimes. Loreth isn’t afraid to recreate those moments in her self-portraits, letting us know, we are not alone in our suffering.
Just as light cannot be seen without the darkness, so also does joy need sorrow in order for it to be truly felt. Hope is always with us, we are forever watching for its return.
Featured image is Where My Heart Still Is, self-portrait. All images are via the artist’s website.