Painting with nature
At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Sarita to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.
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Your series of artworks is called Interwoven, can you tell us why?
– I wanted to call the collection Interwoven because aesthetically, the patterns created in my different artworks give the impression of woven pieces. It’s also called Interwoven because symbolically we are all interconnected and interwoven with each other: the trees, nature, humans.
What technique have you used?
– The technique used for this series is collage and the material used is naturally harvested bark from a species of birch called paper birch, betula papyrifera, on a support of lokta paper, which is a handcrafted paper made in Nepal from the bark of the Daphne bush (Daphne papyracea). Everything is organic, except for the shapes that are often geometrical in contrast to all the elements coming directly from the earth.
What inspires you?
– I’m inspired by the natural pigments hidden in the layers of the birch bark. All those fascinating colours that you wouldn't expect to find there when you look at a white standing birch tree. It inspires me to play, experiment and find new ways to cast light on them, making the invisible visible. I’m also inspired by Anni Albers, she’s a textile artist and a master of colour. She’s also one of few women having attended the Bauhaus school. Just like me, she had a transformational journey in Mexico, where she discovered pre-Columbian art.
How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?
Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?
– Ever since I can remember, I have always painted. My mother is also an artist, and from a very young age she gave me brushes and color pencils instead of dolls and toys. However, it's during the most recent years, after having studied theoretical and applied art in Stockholm, Paris, and Mexico, that I’ve been experimenting with raw materials. Gradually, birch bark became my medium of predilection and expertise. Today, I am still painting, but I’m painting with nature.
With a great attention to details and a subtle expression, Sarita’s art is an injection of beauty and harmony.
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