Sarah Renzi Sanders
Sarah Renzi Sanders is a contemporary surreal artist born in Washington D.C. Her recent work explores a complex narrative of womanhood through a series of large, colorful mixed media paintings. Sarah’s work is deeply tied to her meditation practice, rediscovering her childhood, and her experience as a mother. These pieces display the artist’s fascination with the mysteries of the mind, subconscious, and imagination. Sarah has been featured on Artsy, in online exhibitions, and juried exhibitions in the Washington D.C. metro area. She has also been featured in art publications including Pikchur magazine and Candyfloss magazine. Sarah lives in Kensington, Maryland with her husband and three children.
Sarah Renzi Sanders explores various identities in her experience as both a young girl and a mother. Often in her work, she feels exposed, a sense of intimacy she hopes translates to the viewer. Her paintings conjure a complex feeling of nostalgia through an excavation of memories, sometimes placing objects from childhood in her paintings as artifacts of previous versions of herself. Her color palette includes bright pastels juxtaposed with earth tones, black, and white. Using layers of watered-down acrylic, flashe, and gouache, Renzi Sanders creates the perception of some hidden part of the mind through a series of symbols. The third eye and masks are repeated as symbols of revealing and hiding authenticity, and textural elements such as cracks to express feelings of breakthrough and brokenness. The artist also uses embroidery floss to stitch details directly on the canvas. The works address the artist’s personal struggle with mental health and anxiety, as well as the masks one is conditioned to wear to hide these. Her art is a form of storytelling, allowing the artist to tell the truth from her perspective. She intends to connect with the viewer through sharing her vulnerability and give hope to those who may be struggling through the discovery of the buried parts of one’s self.
About Garden of Nostalgia
When I hear “Garden of Nostalgia” my mind travels back to my childhood. I was so excited when I saw this theme because it is deeply connected to my work. I often paint myself as a child and meditate on my past for inspiration. My paintings are deeply tied to memories of complex emotions as well as a connection to nature. I believe we can heal ourselves by going back to childhood, exploring times of vulnerability but also finding what brought us joy. As a child and as an adult, I find great joy in creating art and playing in the forest behind my house. My intention is for the viewer to feel the emotions and nostalgia of these pieces, while relating to them through their own story.