Sarah McKenzie, Site, 2007, 48 x 72 inches
Anyone who’s recently visited the Walker Art Center will likely recognize Sarah McKenzie’s impressive painting Site, a work currently on view in their exhibition, Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, and now gracing our masthead for the next two weeks. Using paint as a metaphor for built space, McKenzie’s surfaces actualize the architectural framework she depicts. Such structures in part, represent the suburban American dream, in its imperfect, growing state. On the one hand these landscapes promise nothing but banality and repetition, and the other, the very nature of unfinished buildings suggests a positive opportunity for change, even if the skeletal structure merely frames more of the same within its background.
Sarah McKenzie Biography
Sarah McKenzie received her BA from Yale and her MFA in Painting from the University of Michigan. She is based in Colorado, and is represented in Denver by Robischon Gallery. In 2006, she was the first place winner of the National Young Painters Competition, hosted by Miami University of Ohio. Past exhibitions include the Katonah Museum of Art, the University of Akron, the Bemis Center, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. McKenzie‘s work is currently on view in the exhibition “Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes” at the Walker Art Center, and in the exhibition “This Modern World” at the General Electric World Headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut