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A room with poetry and music: Art by Anna Valdez from California

Art by Anna Valdez is bookish and super sweet! The spontaneous assortment of items are endearing, like the home of a longtime friend. The poetry books, 80′s albums, potted plants, tapestries are from her Oakland studio:

“They exist as a part of my domestic environment, and I have put them in my paintings to understand the domestic sphere as emblematic of both personal and collective experience.”

The craving for tranquility is a distinctive quality of our generation. Anna’s art neutralizes the noise in big cities and reminds us to enjoy some alone time with poetry and music. These works prove that in order to empathize with others we have to reveal the intimate, peculiar and vulnerable parts of ourselves.

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The Uncanny Sweetness of a Fleeting Moment: Sarah Schneider from Pittsburgh

Once in a while we find art that hits a main vein of our generation. Sarah Schneider captures a sense of melancholic sweetness, nostalgia and uneasy silence — all at the same time. Her unpeopled interior scenes are a break in time, a late night moment of insight, after a day alone, into the mysterious unity of everything. They remind us how uncanny, intriguing and precarious our lives are, then there is a slight sadness in realizing that these moments of insight are fleeting, as we’re required to be back on the horse the next day. Her work bottles up these short-lived disjunctures in time.

Sarah Schneider examines themes like memory, isolation, ‘wonder of the ordinary’, silence, materialism and decay. Her images are a tender counterbalance to our overconsumption of media, glamor and our egoistic obsessions. In her own words:

“The images I create usually begin with something found — a place (church basement, gas station restroom, a friend’s bedroom), an object (a torn shirt, junk mail, a jar of peanut butter), or a preexisting image (a thrift store photograph, an advertisement from a 1960s LIFE magazine). Through a process of narrative building and free association, I create composite images from the things I find. With a devotion to the observational, I create work to celebrate, or simply to cope with, a world of melancholic absurdity, before it slips away.”

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