The human form is viscerally present and mysteriously enigmatic in Sarah Elyse Granetz’s paintings. Using intense colors and dynamic lines that combine rough intensity with calligraphic delicacy, the artist creates images that bring the contours of the body into focus while also turning those contours into iconic patterns. For the artist, making these paintings became an act of self-recognition and transformation. “With color and canvas,” she says, “I abstracted what I had become into prints, impressions of this person I did not know.” Often placing the paint directly onto her skin, and then pressing her skin against the canvas, Granetz gives her canvases a sense of immediacy and urgency, bringing her emotions and thoughts into direct contact with the viewer.
Working in acrylics, the artist employs a palette of primary colors, black, white, and subtle earth tones, juxtaposed in elemental combinations. Her compositions, which mix drips and freely drawn lines with a disciplined sense of pattern and structure, focus the energy of those colors, resulting in works that are powerful, distinctive statements.
Granetz lives and works in New York City.