Structured/Unstructured

My newest series revisits one of my favorite subjects, the structure of the house and home; physically, emotionally, and psychically. This easily recognizable object takes on new meaning in these unnatural settings; on the verge of destruction, collapse or pending doom. I want the viewer to write their own narrative but I attempt to help them along by creating a psychological tension. Using mixed media of graphite, gouache, oil, and oil stick on paper, I start with the bones of the structure with graphite and build from there. As graphite drawings they look unspoiled and clean but that is not the story I want to tell, the layering of mediums is where the story starts to unfold.

Structured House I, 2014 | 24" x 30" Ink and Graphite
Structured House II, 2014 | 24" x 30" Ink and Graphite
Junk House, 2014 | 24" x18" Mixed Media
Mother Daughter House, 2014 | 24" x18" Mixed Media
House with reflection, 2014 | 30" x 24" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
Waterhouse Docks. 2014 | 24" x 30" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
Over the Falls, 2014 | 24" x 24" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
Weeping House, 2014 | 30" x 24" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
House with Mini Houses, 2014 | 30" x 24" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
Amoungst the Pines, 2014 | 30" x 24" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
Weeping House Falling, 2014 | 30" x 24" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
Hilltop House, 2014| 30" x 24" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
Riff - Sara Conklin
Riff, 2015 | 23x20" Gouache, oil stick and graphite
Suburbia, 2014 | 24" x 30" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
Valley Living, 2014 | 30" x 24" Gouache, graphite, oil stick
Drainage - Sara Conklin
Drainage, 2015 | 24x18” Gouache, oil stick and graphite
Tapped Out - Sara Conklin
Tapped Out, 2015 | 24x18" Gouache, oil stick and graphite
Condo Living - Sara Conklin
Condo Living, 2015 | 30x24" Gouache, oil stick and graphite
Swamp House, 2014 | 24" x 30" Gouache, graphite, oil stick