The ancient Celts described the windswept, Irish moors as “thin places.” It was in these places they believed that the distance between the physical and spiritual world became shorter. To stand in a thin place, a person had the ability to touch the edge of the transcendent. These places were not for comfort, but rather for finding meaning through reflection. In my work I try to capture the thin places in my own life.
I am very interested in the abstract and emotive qualities of the sky and how they work in conjuncture with the overall tone of my work. While some subjects lend themselves to artists to paint what they see, the landscape allows me to paint what I am in. This can be both a physical or emotional space, and through the process of painting, my own internal landscape is conveyed.
My subject allows me to feel small in this world, by letting me put myself in the vast spaces that I create. It is only through painting the enormity of what surrounds me, that I feel and reconcile its weight.
Sarah Nelson is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Bywater neighborhood.BYWATER
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
meet the artists
We are a community of New Orleans visual artists. We are painters, sculptors, photographers & illustrators.
We are craftsmen and metal workers, printmakers and textile artists.
We make and create original & one of a kind artworks handcrafted right here in New Orleans.
Where Y'Art is a tool to discover, shop and experience the best of
New Orleans art online.
Where Y'Art Works is an art consulting company and New Orleans artist collective that works with industry professionals to infuse art into the vision of your project. With our extensive network, technology and resources, Where Y'Art Works is a single point of contact for all of your art needs, delivered on time and in budget.
Where Y'Art is a curated community of New Orleans artists, craftsmen and designers seeking to connect with buyers and each other. At Where Y'Art, you'll have more sales opportunities and access to commercial opportunities to grow your creative business.
Where Y'Art curates an online gallery where you can meet over 100 New Orleans artists — from painters to sculptors, craftsmen and jewelry designers — discover their passions and learn their stories. It’s a 24-hour meeting place where the artist is always present and the wall space knows no limits.
If you’re in New Orleans, Louisiana, pay us a visit at the Where Y'Art Gallery, 1901 Royal Street in the historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood or call 504 325-5672
Sign up here for updates: