b. 1970, Tonawanda, New York
Lives and works in Amherst
Sarah Braman, widely recognized for her large-scale sculptures that serve as monuments to everyday life, is interested in the interplay between sensory experience and emotional resonance. In creating her precariously balanced sculptures, Braman combines elements from scrap-yard vehicles, old buildings or antique furniture with translucent volumes of color and light. The artist’s distinctive color palette of rich pinks, blues and purples permeates the space, from spray paint on found objects and hand-dyed fabric to the expansive nature of the glass forms. In their formal construction, her works relate to the legacies of minimalism and color-field painting. Defying a narrow modernist definition, Braman’s works suggest themes of home, family and nature, with their joyful immersion in lived experience and emotional life.
Sarah Braman was born in 1970 in Tonawanda, New York. She currently lives and works between New York and Amherst, Massachusetts. Braman received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Solo exhibitions include True Blue Mirror, with Ellen Berkenblit, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco (2019);Growth, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2019); Here, Marlborough Contemporary, London (2017); You Are Everything, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2016); Sarah Braman: Alive, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2013-14) and Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome (2011). Braman has also participated in group exhibitions at Crystal Bridges, Bentonville (2019); MASS MoCA, North Adams (2017-18); the Brant Foundation, Greenwich (2017); Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (2016); The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2015) and The Saatchi Gallery, London (2010). Braman is one of the founders of artist-run gallery CANADA in New York. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Maud Morgan Prize from MFA, Boston.
All images © Sarah Braman.