Sarah Cain, ‘free fall’, 2018, Galerie Lelong & Co.

About Sarah Cain

In her expansive painting practice, Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Cain pushes the limits of her discipline. Cain’s work often stretches beyond the two-dimensional plane; she paints on found objects and loosely hung swaths of cloth, which are closer to installation art than traditional painting. “At the core of my work is a challenge to abstract painting—an attempt to expand it,” Cain has said. “It comes from a deep love, but also from an unsettled feeling.” Cain does not limit herself to any style or technique, combining hard-edge abstractions with loose, gestural strokes, and embellishing her pieces with found objects or craft materials. This refusal to cohere to conventional notions of abstract painting reflects the breadth of Cain’s influences—including abstract expressionism, photography, the artist Ana Mendieta, and ceramics—and her desire to dismantle the male-dominated history and traditions of painting.

American, b. 1979