Rebecca Saylor Sack earned her MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her BFA from The Cooper Union. She is a recipient of the Fleisher Wind Challenge, and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the United States Department of Education. The artist has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationwide, including shows at The University of Delaware, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (New York, NY), J Cacciola Gallery (New York, NY), Seraphin Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Jenny Jaskey Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Fette’s Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), and Silas Marder Gallery (Bridgehampton, NY) and internationally at the Galleria Glance (Torino, Italy) and Donn Roca Gallery (Odense, Denmark). Sack has been a visiting artist and lecturer at multiple national institutions, and is currently the Director of the Fine Arts Program and Painting Emphasis Coordinator at The University of the Arts.
I mine anxieties of the corporeal body with the liquidity of paint. I am deeply fascinated by the ever-changing processes of growth and decay visible in our environment—of our own body and the landscape surrounding us. Much of my imagery is gleaned from observation, whether painted directly from life in the studio or through the accumulation of drawings made while walking.
My paintings are inspired by the tradition of the vanitas still life, and draw from narratives of speculative fantasy and science fiction. I paint from life, assembling structures in the studio created from bone and flora. These forms are chosen for their personal connection resonance; flowers I have cultivated and bones I have collected.
Material and color are invoked for their visceral ability to create sensations of seduction and repulsion. Brilliant reds radiate against sallow hues, while thick strokes of dense creamy paint rupture luminous transparent passages. The insistence upon materiality heightens a sense of disorientation and the hallucinatory. In this manner, the works court the extremities of stability and riot, growth and decay.