In 2014, Katherine Sandoz traveled to Bermuda to celebrate the marriage of her brother. She did not know that she would be staying in the home where Georgia O’Keeffe had stayed in the late 1930s. She did suspect that the lush island situated in the Sargasso Sea formed on the edges of calderas would capture her heart and imagination. From the minute she landed, Sandoz envisioned paintings of the sky, sea and land of Bermuda.
Each work represents the artist engaged in defining the shapes, colors, textures and experience of space when traversing Bermuda. Sandoz delights in the materials she uses - water and pigment - which are essentially the subject of her works. During the two years of developing this series, Sandoz rediscovered a new and surprising compatriot in O’Keeffe - the “mother of American modernism." Through her reinterpretation of the colors and shapes of the island, Sandoz imagines seeing through O’Keeffe’s eyes as well as the eyes of other adventurer-explorers who have been drawn and attached to these special islands.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for. - Georgia O’Keeffe
Sandoz is a painter and illustrator living and working in Savannah, Georgia.