True Stories (of a lighter variety), the playfully narrative work of Sara Swink and Robert Koch. Indulging language of the realm of fantasy and emotion, both artists take liberties in illustrating human stories with unlikely but charming characters, creatures and attitudes.
True Stories (of the Lighter Variety), the whimsically narrative work of Sara Swink and Robert Koch. Sara Swink makes ceramic human and animal forms with a psychological stance, using form, surface, color and facial expression to investigate the imaginal realm of dreams, fantasies and emotions. Robert Koch has a playful and humorous approach to storytelling in his paintings using found snapshots as inspiration making the characters creatures of his own imaginings. While feeling gestural and spontaneous, his paintings exhibit a strong use of composition and color.
Sara Swink creates self possessed, colorful figures embedded with clues that they exist in a playfully subconscious world. Be they human or creature, there is often the element of the dreamy or the bizarre in their gestures, expressions and adornments. For Swink, art and dream worlds are interconnected. Both invite the unconscious to become conscious; both rely on a language of symbols open to interpretation; both contain clues about psychological patterns. Most often she builds using gritty, sculpture clay, adding color with layered oxides, underglazes and glazes, and fires to mid range temperature giving a matte quality to the saturated colors.
Gestural strokes and spontaneous marks collide with color blocks in Robert Koch’s narrative vignettes. Having the appearance of quickness and even naiveté, Koch’s deft drawing skills mean each mark is playful and intentional at the sametime. For Koch, a successful painting is not only compositionally strong but also has a story to tell and if the result makes him laugh then he knows he has done what he has set out to do.