Sarah Skupien is an artist from Nashville, currently working and living in Boston, Massachusetts. Using neon paints and flat bold color fields, Skupien renders alienating perspectives of contemporary domestic interiors and the complex dynamics of societal interactions in intimate closed spaces. Skupien will graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in spring 2021.
The Grid is a project that deals with themes of spatial politics and digitization by emulating an aura of artifice through flat geometric fields of saturated color and intensely vibrant patterning. The piece creates an atmosphere that is somewhat unwelcoming and uncanny, but also considers the internet and home as spaces for human connection. In present-day America, a hostile need for seclusion is a common mindset, reinforcing the idea that the home is to be an intimate space. As Zoom has become commonplace, the public and private spheres of our lives have begun to merge, making it more difficult to negotiate one’s own agency in daily routines. With a mistrust of exterior space and technology being amplified by the current lockdowns, interior architecture and decoration are representative of a backlash against the loss of other liberties. I want this work to interrogate our new connection to the home as a both sanctuary and prison, as well as analyze the changing nature of our daily environment during an international health crisis.