20 Questions: Sarah Thompson

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Sarah Thompson, a local artist who recently exhibited in “Who Does She Think She Is?’ at Art House of Delray, creates beautifully complex mixed media works- large¬-scale drawings, paintings, and multiple works on paper often assembled to create installations. Her work is surrealistic and ethereal. She is inspired by ancient cave art and combines the layering of images, use of symbolism, and the storytelling aspects of cave art in her work. Thompson “creates a narrative that speaks of a world somewhere between consciousness and a dream-like altered reality.” By layering texture and imagery and using many different medium (conte crayon, charcoal, ink, pastel, pencil) , she creates images that are both personally and conventionally symbolic. Sarah depicts “landscapes converging from mountains to seascapes to outer space to rolling plains” with images of flying birds, animals, trucks, planes or automobiles- combining technology and movement to form atmospheric dreamscapes. What is your idea of perfect happiness? As an artist, I am blessed as a free spirit with a mission, happiness is hammock time and hard work. Having family, friends and loved ones makes me very happy. What is your greatest fear? Zombies, sharknados, alligators and tsunami. Where do you find artistic inspiration? My dreams, life experience, travel and education. Which living person do you most admire? My mom and all my other teachers. Who are your favorite artists? Swoon, follow2square, Cai Guoqiang, Lauren Shapiro, Rocco Rococo, Sara Henick, Alexander Zaklynsky, South Side Greaser Luis Martins, contemporary line drawing artists. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Status Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I like to pick a word of the week and overuse it. This weeks word is ‘facetious’. When did your first know that you had to become an artist? I knew at 16 for sure. I had a darkroom in my best friends basement. I began to show my work in galleries at 16 and started to experiment with installation, sculpture, painting, graphic design and mixed media. What is your greatest regret? Is wearing a skirt on the ‘Gravitron’. What or who is the greatest love of your life? The One that got away. When and where were you happiest? When I got away. Which talent (other than being an artist) would you most like to have? Piano If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I have fair skin in Florida and I turn pink sometimes or letting stress interfere with my happiness. What do you consider your greatest artistic achievement? Perseverance If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Pippy Longstocking. What is your most treasured possession? My passport What do you most value in your friends? Their love and individuality. Who are your heroes in real life? Frida Kahlo, my peers, teachers, and motorcycle repair men. What is it that you most dislike? Evil. Except B rated horror movies such as ‘Evil Dead’. What is your motto? “Ain’t no thang but a chicken wing”