Sarah Mulder’s amazing cityscapes are a sight to behold.
I first had the pleasure of seeing Sarah Mulder’s incredible talent at the Art for Life auction last month. I could not take my eyes off one of her pieces from her City Scape series. As i came closer to City Scape 3 I was amazed not only at Sarah’s talent but at her ingenuity. Like many other artists, Sarah was influenced by her surroundings and the ever changing Vancouver skyline. What makes Sarah’s interpretation of the city so captivating is that you realize that the painting is in fact several smaller paintings that have been sewn together like pieces of a puzzle creating an even greater beauty when combined.
First of all Sarah starts with a small canvas on which she draws and paints urban images. She does this on piece after piece of canvas and then she cuts up these paintings (yes you heard me right!), embellishes some by sewing on various pieces of tactile materials, and then sews pieces together to create a painting that is greater than the sum of its parts. She describes the experience as experimental, stress free and says there’s no rhyme or reason to it. She has no plan when she stars, it’s pure creation. But wait, she is not finished. Sarah then looks at her new creation and paints and draws on it to create a cohesive painting that is fresh and mysterious at the same time. These amazing cityscapes are fairly recent addition to Sarah’s repertoire. Sarah also paints divine florals for which she has become well known. And if painting isn’t your thing, you can wear a one of a kind piece of jewelry that Sarah creates together with her partner Cheryl. Check out the website: www.cherylandsarah.com
Sarah grew up in East Vancouver and was one of those kids that would entertain herself for hours provided she had any art supplies at hand. Sarah’s mom told me that “It was clear to everyone around her that Sarah was a very gifted child even before she started kindergarten.” Her opportunity to travel through Europe and experience the masterpieces first hand at the Langara College Art History Field Study programme ignited Sarah’s passion to create art to an even greater degree and she attributes this experience as one of the most influential of her life to date. It prompted Sarah to attend and receive her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emily Carr and she has been steadily gaining recognition as an artist ever since. Having had the opportunity to experience Sarah’s lovely demeanour it is not surprising that she also loves to teach kids how to make art and works as a programme director for Hastings Elementary Community School.
If you want to take a look first hand at some of Sarah’s creations you can do so at the Agro Cafe in Yaletown. She’s also going to be part of an exhibit at the Cultch in the spring. Her website is www.sarahmulder.com where you can find out more information.