Welcome to the studio of Sara Marlowe Hall, a Los Angeles based artist whose works of art combine aspects of painting and sculpture to achieve unique textures.
Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist…
I come from a very creative household that always inspired me to make art. From a young age, I always wanted to be an artist, but it took me a while to find out what that meant. After 4 years of art school, of traveling and creative jobs, I moved back to Los Angeles to focus on my painting. After I sold my first body of work, I had the confidence to refer to myself as an artist and felt inspired to continue painting. When I am in my studio working, I am most comfortable with myself.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I am currently inspired by landscapes in California.
Describe your work in three words...
Physical, textural and immersive.
Sara Marlowe Hall says
“A material is never what it appears to be.”
What is your creative process?
My paintings are driven by nostalgia and by a process where I incorporate the imagery and textures of old walls, aerial landscapes, or abstract shapes of bodies seen in passing. There are many layers and stages to my work. I start by painting a collection of small scale studies using gouache, watercolor and pigments. I explore the different relationships between color and form on the page. Then, I begin to mix acrylic and water, pouring these into different buckets to create my palette. I continue by ripping up individual plaster strips, dipping them into the paint, and masking them onto the canvas. The plaster strips act like brush strokes. I layer them onto the canvas one by one. I continue to add to the canvas, applying different materials and textures until I feel that the composition is complete. When viewing my work, I want each individual to have a unique emotional response. I want my artworks to give rise to their own memories and connections.
Travel is also a large component of your artistic practice. How does this affect your paintings?
Travel inspires my work. I have a rule that every time I sell a collection, I go on a trip for inspiration. It is important for me to change my surroundings for my work to evolve.
What influence does modern culture have on your work?
Modern culture doesn’t have a heavy influence on my work. I am more inspired by the physical environment and shapes that surround me daily.
Are there any quotes or mantras that you particularly connect with?
“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.”- Helen Frankenthaler
What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?
Warmth, imagination, a dreamy new way of experiencing color, shape and touch.
Your paintings utilize some really unique materials and pigments. Why are you drawn to these materials?
Each series of work focuses on a material used, such as my “Plaster Paintings” or “Pigment Studies.” My paintings are so heavily driven by process that it is only natural for me to be intrigued by the mediums I use. Each material has a life of its own. After traveling to Morocco, I fell in love with their pigments. I began to collect and use them in my paintings. The high potency of the pigments made from soil, shells, plants, and rocks is intriguing; they react differently to each other when mixed. I find the challenge of working with pigments really luxurious but delicate. There is a science or biology to it all. When I paint with plaster, I am drawn to the tactile experience of painting with my hands. The application is heavy handed and sculptural; there is a physical aspect to interacting with the work that I want to convey in each painting.
Who are some contemporaries or figures in art history who have influenced you?
Mark Rothko, Joseph Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn & Luis Barragan.
What makes you excited about the future?
I am excited about the new places I will visit around the world and how I will evolve as an artist.
What makes you laugh?
What makes you nervous?
Large, corporate spaces
About Sara Marlowe Hall
Sara Marlowe Hall uses paint and plaster to push painting into the realm of sculpture.
Sara Marlowe Hall is a Los Angeles based multimedia artist. Her works combine aspects of both painting and sculpture. Inspired by her travels and everyday surroundings, the artist uses raw pigments, acrylic and plaster to achieve new effects of color and texture. Her body of work intends to evoke a rich and often nostalgic, sensory experience. Hall studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany and received a BA Honors Degree in Drawing from the Camberwell College of Arts. She has exhibited work in Abu Dhabi, Leipzig, London and Los Angeles.
b. 1991 Los Angeles, CA Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
"My practice is driven by the investigation of color, material, and surroundings. I often reference landscapes, figures, and shapes seen in passing or filtered through the lens of nostalgia. The emotional impact of color fascinates me; different hues will prompt different depths of feeling. Each person’s reaction to a color is singular. I want viewers to connect to their own memories and feelings inside of the works I’ve created." - Sara Marlowe Hall
2010-2013 BA Honors Degree, Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London, U.K.
2011-2012 Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, Germany
2009-2010 Foundation Diploma, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London, U.K.
2015 Blink, Ketchum, London, UK
2018 To The Desert, Merchant Gallery, Venice, Los Angeles
2018 Bent, Merchant Gallery, Venice, Los Angeles
2018 L.A. FEMME, Merchant Gallery, Venice, Los Angeles
2017 Lion Woman Man Water Sand, Ethiad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
2017 Lion Woman Man Water Sand, Pacific Design Center, Hollywood Los Angeles
2017 Material Art Show, B.A.M, Abbot Kinney Venice, Los Angeles
2015 Reliquary, Keystone Gallery, Highland Park, Los Angeles
2014 Wish You Were Here, Merchant, Venice, California
2014 California Dreaming, Venice, California
2014 The Good Art, Merchant, Venice, California
2014 Face Value, Merchant, Venice, California
2013 Residents of Bussey Building, Copeland Gallery, London, UK