Sarah Sutton

Assistant Professor, Department of Art
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Painting, Drawing, Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Office: Art Studio
Ithaca, NY 14850

My paintings confront the viewer with multiple views and different perceptions, and are motivated by how historical and internal experiences interweave and intertwine. I am originally from the central Appalachian mountain region in northeastern Pennsylvania.  The region now rests over flooded and burning mines and is surrounded by abandoned coal breakers and shake piles. I am interested in how people pass on socio-historical traumas over generations, such as the Knox coal mine disaster in 1959. In a single day, illegal mining broke through the riverbed, wiping out the local anthracite coal mining industry. Decades later the consequences of that single day are still palpable- in the landscape as well as in the people who once inhabited it.

I am drawn to the slow, manual hand skills of painting as a way to conflate a nostalgia for manual labor with the visually overloaded, scrambled world of virtual images. In a broader sense my work considers the skewed relationship between the hand and the eye in the information age. Although primarily a painter, I also research the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, in particular the relationship between creative practice and ontology. This past year I presented a paper on this topic at the SECAC in Pittsburgh, PA. 

I have self-designed BA in Humanities from John Carroll University. My degree focused on 'Contemporary Thought', which allowed me to combine my interests in Continental Philosophy, Literary theory and Post-colonial Literature. I also have a minor in English. I have an MFA in Painting from Kent State University. My work has been represented by Leslie’s Art Gallery in Luxembourg, EU; and has been shown in Europe and across the United States. I attended the Millay Colony artist residency, as well as the Sante Fe Art Institute residency funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

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