There ‒ Sara Sizer-
The existing folds in the midnight blue or deep green velvet fabric are highlighted and removed by introducing bleach onto the unfolded fabric, revealing landscapes which harken back and forth through time and place. In all the works, even the very darkest ones, there’s an unusual light quality which seems to emanate from behind the painting itself, lending a particular atmosphere to the scene. The paintings often seem to catch the short moment when dark skies become visible through a sequence of distant lightnings. Sizer’s use of bleach to remove color seems to function as the ultimate device to depict light. Nature’s systems are chaotic, and so it is with the bleaching process of Sizer’s, as she describes her controlled process as one which allows the works to “make themselves”.
While her last series of vertical pink bleached velvet works recalled the body, “There” brings forth dark lakes, hills and unpeopled roads marking time eternal.
The pieces are all titled with one word; Found, Since, Taken, told, gate, Know, Name, Wake, Way, like signposts on a path, illuminating meaning.