Sarah Braman, ‘Home’, 2014, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $18,000

In her paint-on-plywood geometric abstractions, Sarah Braman demonstrates how surface reveals depth. Home—in art as it is in life—is simultaneously about union and division, difference and similarity.

About Sarah Braman

Asserting that abstraction “is always about something...what it is about is beyond confines of language,” Sarah Braman creates abstract geometric sculptures and paintings on pieced-together plywood panels, in which she simultaneously foregrounds the formal qualities of her materials while referencing home, family life, and nature. Among her influences are Mark Rothko, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Ellsworth Kelly. In Braman’s sculptures she riffs on the Minimalist cube, playfully subverting its pristine aesthetic by incorporating utilitarian materials—cardboard boxes, domestic and office furnishings—into her tilting, multi-part works. For one series, she sawed apart a camper van and combined its parts with her own colored Plexiglas boxes. Braman’s plywood paintings in sunset colors recall wood-paneled basements and the sublimity sought by the Abstract Expressionists—a mash-up of the earthly and metaphysical that characterizes all of her work.

American, b. 1970, Tonawanda, New York, based in Amherst & New York