An artist’s exposition
A mixture of dark and light warped together, with jutting edges and wrinkles dominating the surface – a work of art that is anything but plain. Sara Fine-Wilson’s sculpture, “Coming up for Air” is an example of her ultimate goal to not simply skim the surface of her subjects. “If you look inside the human body, the skin covers up the bone and guts,” she said, making a comparison to her art, “and I’m interesting in exposing that.”
A passion for art has seemingly always been a part of Fine-Wilson. “I’ve always loved making things,” she said. “I’ve always been a visual person.” Over time, Fine-Wilson has utilized art to express her inner-self. With zest in her voice, she revealed, “It’s kind of a document of my thought process, or my stream of consciousness.”
Fine-Wilson’s art is part of the exhibition “Gaze and Extension” at Fountain Street Fine Art gallery in Framingham now through Nov. 2, 2014. Working out of a studio in Millbury, Fine-Wilson creates “three-dimensional abstractions,” that focus on “the concept of reaching and flowing and cracking and breaking.” She hopes to pair objects “in ways that are unexpected,” to bring to life her unique perspectives of the world.
Sculpting was not always Fine-Wilson’s forte. In college, she specialized in painting. She received her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art, her MFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and her Master of Science in Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she ventured into the realms of sculpting.
While participating in a residency program at the Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC), Fine-Wilson escaped the traditional norms of carving and molding. Her experiences led her “to reinvent the way that I was working.” Her pieces evolved into what spectators will witness at the exhibition in Framingham. “[My] work was more aesthetically beautiful,” she said, “and now the work is more kind of gritty.”
These days, when Fine-Wilson is not in the studio with clay-covered hands, she is in the classroom, striving to foster high school students’ creative passion, just as the WCC did for her.
“I value pushing boundaries,” she states. “I try to teach my students how to be explorers.”
Fine-Wilson invites visitors to join her on her own personal exploration at the “Gaze and Extensions” exhibition this month. There, observers will be encouraged “to look closer and to maybe make some personal connection(s),” she said. In the hopes that her audience will embrace the true meaning of “abstract,” she said of her work, “I don’t want it to answer a question. I want it to provoke a question.”
See Sara Fine-Wilson’s artwork at the exhibition “Gaze and Extension,” from Oct. 2- Nov. 2, at the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery, 59 Fountain St., Framingham. A reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5-7 p.m. Visit fountainstreetfineart.com for more information.