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"Listening to the Animals: New Work by Sarah Hauser"
2001-06-22 until 2001-07-26
Woman Made Gallery
Chicago, IL, USA United States of America

Sarah Hausers current series of woodblock prints and drawings captures a glimpse of moments of human interaction and communication with animals. The age-old question: What are animals thinking - Whether it is through seeing a woman attempt to walk four Jack Russell terriers who are each running in a different direction; feeding birds in the park and seeing the smallest bird take off with a piece of bread bigger than he is; or while watching documentary film footage of a chimpanzee as he sits alone on a ridge, staring up at leaves in a highly contemplative moment.

The technique which Sarah uses to make her prints is based on traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking, or hanga, incorporating Japanese carving and printing tools and techniques with her own imagery and a few modern variations. Her challenge has been to maintain the lightness and looseness of her drawing line within the heavily technical aspect of this method. During the past year she has been stretching the boundaries of this medium by hand-printing in a very large format (up to around 30 x 40, whereas most traditional Japanese prints are no larger than 11 x 15), still working in a very loose, sketchlike style. Her most recent pieces are large images of animals floating on Byzantine patterns, which are made using a printing technique called frottage. Paper is placed over the carved woodblocks and rubbed with pigment sticks and graphite, creating a very textured effect in combination with the translucent handmade Japanese paper that she uses.

Sarah Hauser was born in San Francisco, and has lived in New York for the past twenty years. She studied drawing at the Art Students League and Spring Studio; sumi-e painting with Koho Yamamoto at Koho School of Sumi-e; and painting, printmaking and papermaking at Cooper Union, Manhattan Graphics, the Lower East Side Printshop and Dieu Donne Papermill. Her exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad have included Barrett House, Noho Gallery (NYC), Purdue University, Woodward Gallery (NYC), Woman-Made Gallery, Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts (California), Nommo Gallery in Kampala, and KIWA Exhibition and Tour in Japan. She has steadily built a body of work, evolving from drawing and painting to monoprints, linocuts and woodblock prints. During the past few years she has become completely immersed in the Japanese method of woodblock printmaking, which she studied with Jonathan and Miwako Glick, Kathy Caraccio, April Vollmer and Yasu Shibata. Sarah recently assisted in teaching a Japanese woodblock class at the Japan Society, and has demonstrated Japanese woodblock printing and exhibited her sumi-e paintings at the annual Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She is currently teaching papermaking and other art projects to public school children through Dieu Donne Papermill and Arts Connection.

Lady with 4 Dogs in Central Park (1999)
Sarah Hauser
Japanese water-based woodblock print

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