BIO: Born in New York City, Sandy Litchfield now lives in Amherst, Massachusetts where she is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts’ Department of Architecture. She received her BFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder and her MFA from UMass Amherst. In 2007 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been recognized with grants and commissions from the Public Art for Public Schools, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Puffin Foundation. Litchfield has exhibited in numerous museums including the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Fitchburg Art Museum, The Portland Art Museum and The Hunterdon Museum. Her exhibitions have been selected for review by The Brooklyn Rail, The Boston Phoenix, New American Paintings and The Boston Globe.
STATEMENT: My work is focused on landscape as a construct for understanding place and notions of belonging. Working primarily as a painter, I’m interested in representing one’s positional relationship to place- like being over, under, around, or inside. In my studio, visual concepts are informed by a diverse collection of imagery, including old maps, historic pictures, and photographs. Through a process of hybrid digital drawing and collage, I play with the geometry of perspective, using whimsical shapes to create landscapes that are both expansive and intricate, abstract and representational, ebullient and reflective. Dynamic compositions may suggest themes of metamorphosis and growth, as well as complexity, eccentricity and the fantastic. I find great pleasure in the seductive power of color; its unique ability to express mood and transform the environmental atmosphere.
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