22. Sasha Alexandra Oratz
My body of work, while all taking the format of portraiture, can be assessed in two genres: figurative and abstract. My paintings of girls are more rooted in the physical world. They are products of an entanglement between love and hate, immersion and exclusion. They come from a world in which at one point I longed to be a part of, then somehow found myself in the middle, while at that same time still feeling a sense of rejection. I figured that if I can never fully have these things that I long for (tangible and not), painting them would some how make them mine. Growing up in a wealthy town, not fitting in, external and internal battles, emotional suppression, New York City, the internet, a longing for a sense of ownership, a generation being influenced by influencers: all pieces of things I’ve experienced and observed which fuel this work. They are both extensions from me and also far removed.
On the other hand, I’ve come to terms with the fact that my abstract works are highly psychological; stemming from family trauma, growing up with a special needs sibling, eating disorders and struggles with my own mental health. The paintings are a part of an intuitive process which I try to make as freeing as possible. This means a visible hand, bristles on the canvas, and no predetermined palette. It is finished when I have translated the aforementioned traumas into something I deem beautiful.
1 - (Untitled), 2020, Oil on canvas, 12”x9”
2 - (Untitled), 2020, Oil on canvas, 12”x9”
3 - (Untitled), 2020, Oil on canvas, 72”x48”
4 - 6, 2018, Oil on canvas, 36”x24”
5 - 8, Collaborative work with Dallin Moe, 2018 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 60”x48”