Sarah Svetlana is a Los Angeles based artist who, as a painter, explores the fragmentation of the subject in an ongoing search for home. An agency model, turned art model, Sarah Svetlana used her body as the first medium in her initial search for identity and self-expression—her upbringing in the irreconcilable cultures of Soviet Belarus as a Jewish Refugee and Immigrant America, has drawn and painted roadmaps between two worlds.
Her paintings do not only suggest hectic movement, but the stillness locked in each gesture of that movement. Her work is “rooted somewhere between the insanity of Kandinsky and the line-certainty of the early 20th century Futurists.” Each painting is a piece to the complex topography that defines both her identity and her work. Through the narratives created by a methodical application of color, she delivers an invocation of home— spectral and surreal, but familiar too.
“Perfection is boring. The colors I choose I take from my childhood. The bright palette and shapes soothe my soul, and each line, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is a vital moment, an emotion, suspended in time.”
2019 Social Securites (Solo), Platform Gallery, Interdisiplinary Humanities Center, University of Santa Barbara CA USA
2019 LA Launch Exhibition, Tag Gallery Los Angeles CA USA
2018 Represented Artist, Permanent Display, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles CA USA
2018 Hungry, Shockboxx Gallery, Hermosa CA USA
2017 4 The Culture, Highstandards Agency, Los Angeles CA USA
2017 Addiction, Shockboxx Gallery, Hermosa CA USA
2019 Honorable Mention – LA Launch Exhibition
2019 May – June (upcoming) Hotel Sainte FRANCE
Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles CA USA
Shockboxx Gallery, Hermosa CA USA
19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA