Sara CrispNovember 12 - December 19, 2009
Denise Bibro Fine Art is pleased to present Sara Crisp: Intervals and Circles. On view November 12 through December 19, this is the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Embracing the sacred universality of the circle, Eastern spirituality, and the ability of a simple plant to symbolize life force, Crisp’s mixed-media and encaustic works incorporate delicate, meticulous patterning paired with botanical elements such as flower petals, stems, and seed pods.
Where she previously integrated bones and skeletons into her work, this new series is notable for their absence, rendering it more life affirming. Looser symmetry and more random patterning have also evolved, conveying a joyous sense of musicality, spaciousness, and breath. In the artist’s words, the work is about “inspiring the sacred, the contemplation of the sacred in the mundane, and the exalted in the universal.”
Crisp has had solo exhibitions at venues including June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME; the Gallery at R & F, Kingston, NY; and Mixed Media Gallery, New Paltz, NY. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; SOHO20, New York, NY; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME; Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT; among others. Denise Bibro Fine Art has showcased Crisp’s work at international art fairs such as Art Miami, Red Dot, and the Affordable Art Fair. Her numerous awards include the Best of Show prize at the Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show and an artist’s grant from the Maine Arts Commission. She has also received notices in The Boston Globe, Art New England, and The New York Times. Crisp studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design.