Shadow Presences, 2010
Shadows embody the ephemeral moments in our lives and nature, their presence was documented, portions selected, and constructs formulated to immerse the viewer. Archival pigment prints on Japanese papers and Translucent Vellum, Cover image with pastel and layered gel medium, plastic case. Book, 8.75 x 10.75 x .5 inches. Case, 9 x 11.5 x .5 inches. Number 11 from an edition of 15. $450




I have always been intrigued with nature’s fleeting moments, forever changing, constantly being renewed. I try to interpret the processes that are organic and dynamic “capture a moment from within” and trace this to the surface of paper.

Shadows can embody the ephemeral moments in our lives. One body of work examines winter shadows as they arrive, transition and depart. The forms they create can suggest one’s poignant memories, or evoke emotions ranging from real to fantastic.

I photograph shadows and the structural details found in nature, select portions to print, then collage and apply pastel and graphite to the composite image. Next I coat the image with multiple layers (upwards of 25) of gel medium. This slow process of layer coating allows me to explore the changes that occur as light moves through the medium to the image, altering focus and expanding depth and dimension.


Armstrong is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. Armstrong creates sculptures, paintings, drawings from miniature to wall size, artist’s books, multimedia artworks involving computers sound and light, and constructs permanent installations in atrium spaces. Armstrong received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and her Master of Art Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Armstrong also studied art at New York University and with the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario in Yeovil, England while attending UAB. An educator for several years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she moved to New York City in 1981 and now resides in Jackson Heights.

Armstrong’s work has been published extensively. Among the publications are Southern Accents, The New Yorker, The New York Art World, Birmingham Magazine, Port Folio Weekly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The New York Times.

Sara Garden Armstrong Website