Dallas based artist, Anastacia Sadeh, received her BFA with a double major in printmaking/drawing and art history from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Sadeh spent a short time teaching fine art at the Lovett School in Atlanta, GA before moving to Minneapolis, MN and becoming a member of the AZ Gallery, an artist co-operative in St. Paul. She now works and resides in Dallas, TX as an abstract and contemporary figurative/landscape painter. Her work examines the complexity inherent to human connection as she explores the ongoing relationship between self-awareness and mental health. She uses primarily acrylic and other water-based painting mediums to create her images. She also uses Venetian plaster in many of her works to create unique textured surfaces. These surfaces often represent tactile memories connecting to the emotions and mindset in question. Her current preference is to work either on stretched canvas or cradled wood panels as these readily support the application of layered paint and plaster.
My work explores how the concepts of self-awareness, emotional regulation, and mental health affect, connect, and change the human experience. I am fascinated by the mind and how we connect to ourselves and others. I feel like this fundamental reality bridges all cultures and communities.
Using abstract as well as figurative and landscape elements, I create combinations of marks and colors that examine the critical importance of understanding emotions as signals from which to better know ourself and others. I like to explore the how and why people experience their lives the way that they do. I lean toward using a combination of accidental marks and controlled marks to echo the reality that the same formula hums through life. I see my work as cautiously optimistic…at least at this chapter.
I am interested in validating the experience of what is felt but often ignored and/or misinterpreted. Through both personal and empathetic experiences I explore metacognition, the concept of ego, and their effects on self-identity.
My process includes creating abstract compositions of color (with water-based mediums), texture (with Venetian plaster and acrylic mediums), and intuitive mark-making (through a variety of drawing mediums and tools). The figurative and/or landscape aspects I often include in my paintings serve the purpose of a more universal narrative construct with which to express an inner mental/emotional landscape. My work aims to give voice to what is often voiceless within the individual. I look to explore the inner human portrait with gentle curiosity rather than judgement.