Art Up Close: Contemporary Art Paintings By Sarah Irvin

Kathryn Markel discusses process and happy accidents in creating art.
April 19, 2020

I love these are contemporary art paintings by Sarah Irvin, who works on plastic Yupo paper with colored inks. She writes text that is personal to her, kind of like a diary entry, and uses a squeegee to destroy the marks. The paper doesn’t absorb the ink, and the resulting marks are the remnants of the written word, but the meaning is hidden. There is a lot of energy in the gestures and mark-making, and you can see the tension between control and happy accident in these contemporary art paintings.