Sarah Braman, widely recognized for her large-scale sculptures that serve as monuments to everyday life, is interested in the interplay between sensory experience and emotional resonance. In creating her precariously balanced sculptures, Braman combines elements from scrap-yard vehicles, old buildings, or antique furniture with translucent volumes of color and light. The artist’s distinctive color palette of rich pinks, blues, and purples permeates the space, from spray paint on found objects and hand-dyed fabric to the expansive nature of the glass forms. In their formal construction, her works relate to the legacies of minimalism and color-field painting. Defying a narrow modernist definition, Braman’s works suggest themes of home, family, and nature, with their joyful immersion in lived experience and emotional life.
Sarah Braman was born in 1970 in Tonawanda, New York. She currently lives and works between New York and Amherst, Massachusetts. Braman received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Solo exhibitions include You Are Everything, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY (2016); Sarah Braman: Alive, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2013-14); and Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, Italy (2011).
Day Trip was discussed in depth during Curatorial Conversations: Agustina Woodgate, Atelier van Lieshout, Sarah Braman on June 12, 2020. Watch the video archive here: