With their organic colors, earthy textures and expressive brushstrokes, Sandra Schawalder’s elegant works of pure abstraction resonate with the deeply felt joy of art making. Her mixed media on canvas paintings incorporate a natural color pallet that draws directly from the world around her. Slate gray, azure blue, burnt sienna and frosty white coexist in a peaceful harmony reminiscent of the untouched landscape. It is in fact this relationship to the natural world that gives an inherent warmth and relatability to Schawalder’s decidedly contemporary paintings. Unlike other formidable works of formal abstraction, Schawalder’s paintings invite the viewer in to examine their surfaces, marvel at their stunning hues, and meditate on their joyous construction. Passionate gestures of the brush abound on every canvas, by which the artist asserts her presence, exclaiming through color and texture that which words simply cannot express.
Sandra Schawalder lives and works near Zurich and exhibits her work in Switzerland and New York.