Exploring fractured narratives, Sarah Lederman’s paintings revisit memories of past places, people and moments. Varying motifs appear fleetingly across the surface of her paintings, from a Los Angeles palm tree to a couple engaged in an intimate moment. Imagery is often appropriated from art history, erotic illustrations, medieval manuscripts or children’s books. Characters can take the form of grotesque animal hybrids or human bodies engulfed in sensual pleasure; often whimsical they can be both erotic and repellent. Whilst her works often begin as drawings, the layers of paint eventually pervade. Figurative elements fade into the background, hiding themselves in the negative space as it masks the surface of the canvas. Lederman’s paintings reward the curious, who seek to find hidden stories amongst the brushstrokes.

Sarah Lederman (b. 1986) Lives and works in London

Exploring fractured narratives, Sarah Lederman’s paintings revisit memories of past places, people and moments. Varying motifs appear fleetingly across the surface of her paintings, from a Los Angeles palm tree to a couple engaged in an intimate moment. Imagery is often appropriated from art history, erotic illustrations, medieval manuscripts or children’s books....
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