“What Others Can’t See” offers a glimpse behind the external façade to highlight hidden internal conflict. The mess of skulls in the top left reflect the related issue of overthinking and being subsequently distracted, while the imagery of water and waves in the bottom left skull suggest these struggles through their symbolic relations to chaos and hidden emotions. Collage was utilized as the main medium to create physical layers that mirror the idea of complex and contrasting thoughts hidden behind the surface.
What Others Can’t See is a part of a larger project, to be displayed as an artist book, centered around themes of self-identity and acceptance.
Sarah Falk is a graduating senior in interdisciplinary visual arts at the University of Washington. Her preferred medium is printmaking with a special interest in combining multiple processes, largely through collage. Influenced by the Expressionists, the act of making holds an equal amount of importance as the resolved piece for Sarah, who works intuitively in effort to capture and display the complex mixture of emotions present within any given moment. Her recent works explore her upbringing in rural Kansas and the disparities she felt between herself and the conventions of her community. Sarah’s work has been displayed in Parnassus and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.
"What Others Can't See," 2021. Collage and screen print on paper. 17 x 18.5 in
JACOB LAWRENCE GALLERY
Art Building, Room 132 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105