• Opening Reception: Friday, December 2 / 5-8pm
  • Free and open to the public
  • Opening Reception coincides with Art Round Town*

Artist Statement:

This body of work plays with the idea of art as an ongoing conversation with posterity in which artifacts of the past are painted over, yet traces of the original art remain—and using the cave-dweller as a metaphor for the fundamental human condition: forever shrouded in darkness and uncertainty, yet determined to leave our own visions upon the walls of the cave. We are story makers and shadow watchers.

My work evokes memory, play, ritual, the dissolving boundaries of waking life and dreams. I use a balance of abstract and representational forms in order to sever the connection between shape and meaning, connecting the viewer instead to the gesture of the brush or cut of the knife, so that s/he becomes complicit in the art. Folklore, reverence and refinement of nature, and observance of daily life, are the concepts behind my work. Each scroll is hand cut Tyvek, some measuring as large as 20ft long and 4ft wide.

Using folklore as the source of my artistic inspiration, I mean to return the viewer temporarily to a state of childhood, dwelling in the senses, immersed in the images of stories, experiencing the primacy of the physical. Whether the viewer, when they turn away from the paper scrolls, seeks mental liberation, or sensory indulgence, is a matter of significance for them. I am less interested in directing their conclusions as I am in revealing them. The desired effect of this body of work upon the viewer is self-investigation.

Sarah Nguyen bio:

Sarah Nguyen is a multimedia artist. Storytelling is central to her hand-cut fiber panels. Sarah’s work has appeared in numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions and publications. Her work has been part of nationally recognized exhibitions and festivals. She received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She currently lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and three sons.


*Art 'Round Town is a gallery walk in Portsmouth on the first Friday of each month.


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Generously supported by:


3S Artspace is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

3S Artspace is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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