Discarded drawers celebrate the glory of my visual world. Once roadside refuse, these disused receptacles accumulate awkwardly in my shed awaiting regeneration. Turn by turn their interiors become the majority of my canvases—my narrative.
Load a brush with color and it will speak the richest language! I let my brush interpret images of the mundane juxtaposed with the sometimes startling—the sophisticated play of color and light on a simple interior, or a nostalgic safe embrace against a hollow stare.
Impressionism meets Orientalism in a backyard way as, painting in my kitchen, I marry a palate of succulent colors with a rich collection of visual images—images influenced by years spent in Asia.
Before the days of painting in my kitchen…a lifetime of journeying the world from third to first world countries wore unpredictable and provocative pathways of experience. For example, a collection of “Gypsy” works parables rootlesness, freedom and burden-bearing. Intrigue and elusiveness twist and mesh with cultural issues I’ve faced. Issues of powerlessness, confinement, and questions of authenticity, respect and faith are allegorized—here captured and “contained in colour”.
As the ancient Greek poet Simonides understood, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.”
Fashioning words into poetry/prose is an alternate ‘brush’ I joyfully wield. I’ve posted occasional such reflections here.
I create for the sheer joy of it, the discipline of it, the compulsion of it… and the kinship through it. I create, as I pray with all my life, that there might be glimpses of refracted truth and glory.
E-mail: SARAH.E.RAITER@GMAIL.COM Phone: 0425159735
“Capturing Colours of Domesticity”
2015 St James Close, West Melbourne, VIC
6-7/2012 “Wyreena Gallery”, Croydon, VIC
Entered Archibald & Blake Prizes
equipping keen artists in weekly adult education
2006—10 Lilydale, VIC
providing interactive exposure and appreciation of the visual arts to the community through on-site painting
2008 Eastern Regional Library, Melbourne, VIC
equipping keen artists in weekly adult education1999-05 Newtown, NSW
inaugural college art exhibit showcasing local fine arts
2004 Moore College, Newtown, NSW
Painted inner-city mural
supervised, designed and painted—in cooperation with locals to creatively meet aesthetic needs of the community
2004 Newtown, NSW
selection of “collage” in community art show
1998 South Turramurra Anglican Church, Sydney
initiating the art department and syllabus
1984-86 Tyndale Christian School, Sydney
Fine Arts-minor/ BSc Home Economics
1979-83 Messiah College, Pennsylvania, USA