SARA SWINK and KEN GRANTSARA SWINK
“I make human and animal forms with a psychological stance, using form, surface, color and facial expression to investigate the imaginal realm of dreams, fantasies and feeling states. The receptivity of clay invites this kind of inner exploration and is the perfect medium to explore the human longing for symbolic understanding and personal regeneration.
My ideas derive most often from a process methodology that I teach in workshops, which employs simple and accessible techniques like collage and doodling to unleash the unconscious. Then I try to stay out of the way, letting ideas flow, selecting the ones that most resonate to bring into clay.”
“What I ultimately hope to accomplish with my work is to draw the viewer into the painting, to feel the light and space and evoke a distant memory. I would like my paintings to trigger a pleasant emotional response, much like the way the scent of a daphne blossom can take you back to a particular warm spring afternoon on the porch of your parents house when you were young. When you view my paintings I want you to actually feel the warmth of the sunlight as it streams through the window, pouring into the room and caressing the objects therein.”