Inspired by polaroids of Ikebana floral arrangements that her grandmother created in the 1970’s, Sarah Bedford’s recent still life paintings explore this poetic form of re-arranging nature in domestic settings, while also investigating concepts of ecology, constructed nature and memory in the digital world. Using her own photos from her day job as a florist in Manhattan, Bedford over-draws images on her iPhone while commuting, then re-arranges floral, ceramic sculptures and artworks created by friends into colorful, painterly tableaux at home. Re-imagining these images via drawing and painting in studio with flat, bold color, pastels, dried flora and spray paint, she artfully creates a personal mono-sphere that merges the digital, natural and handmade into an “arrangement” of her own. Within this quiet triangle of canvas, contemplation and appropriation she aims to capture life in all of it’s fleeting beauty.
Sarah Bedford received an BA from Cooper Union, attended Skowhegan and received the Wallace E Truman Award in painting from the National Academy of Fine Arts as well as a fellowship at the Lower East Side Print Shop in Manhattan. She previously showed at Bellwether Gallery and currently shows at Mrs Gallery in Maspeth, Queens. Born and raised on a ranch in Eastern Montana she resides in Greenpoint Brooklyn with her family.