Sabra Booth

Art making is my sieve for experiencing the world. Consequently, place often affects my direction. While on a 2007 Fulbright residency In Finland, I studied the rich heritage of Scandinavian design. This research led to further simplified forms. Natural objects are magnified and cropped until they become otherworldly. Like a 19th century naturalist, I often sketch and paint flora and fauna on site. Design considerations are evident through the implementation of graphic line, negative space, actual texture, and limited color. More recent trips to Japan have also had an important impact on my work. Personally, I grew up on the beaches of south Florida and Texas. Ecological concerns are an important aspect to my studio practice. Prints from actual plants with the collagraph technique enters some work. Overprinting richly painted watercolor monotypes with graphic woodcuts is another approach. Recently, I am using blind embossments and incorporating flocking to create texturally rich prints. Installations have also been part of my studio practice. In Coral Cadence, viewers can walk through a dark tunnel glowing with mushroom coral screen prints which gradually fade and diminish, under black lights. Some pieces offer reflections on gender variations within the natural world and non-Western cultures, such as my lightwork, Twin Spirit. Overall, a cast of shady plants, mutant crustaceans, and amorous microbes populate my art. These characters, like myself, are skipping or stumbling through a dystopic world.

Sabra Booth is an MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a BFA graduate from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. She is an adjunct lecturer in fine arts at the Alamo Colleges District and in the community program at the Southwest School of Art. Her studio practice offers interpretative observations of nature and addresses complex ecological issues, in some instances, tied into gender studies. Working in a variety of mediums, she uses drawing, mixed media, printmaking, and stop motion animation. Recent travels in Japan and a Fulbright Mid- Career Professional Grant to Finland in 2007, both have had a great impact on her work. Her exhibition record is both national and international. Presently, she has an installation entitled, Walled Off: Wildlife on the Border on display at the Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas. She will be exhibited in the ABC No Rio show, CATACLYSM, opening this summer in New York. In 2020, she had a solo retrospective exhibition, Hot Pursuit: A Visual Commentary on Climate Change, at Bihl Haus Arts in San Antonio, Texas. She also completed an artist-in-residence program for the Unesco World Heritage Site: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in 2019. She will be collaborating with the New York Historical Society and Central Booking, a New York gallery, on a project about the Brooklyn waterfront in 2022.

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