Artist Statement:

Sally Paul’s lively grids are an unlikely marriage between geometric abstraction and craft. To create each work, paint is first squeezed, poured, dabbed, brushed and then cut-up, peeled, collaged, and finally woven as intimate, color-interactive compositions. Paul’s playful process yields a gestural grid, complete with errant bubbles, droops, and implied motion that animates the paint as it moves over and under itself across the painting surface.

Paul counts her parallel career as a Museum educator as an influence. While leading tours and viewing 19th and 20th Century quilts, questions about the quilting process captured her imagination: Was there a significance to each chosen fabric? Did multiple people piece and stitch each quilt, or was it the work of a lone maker? What caused the maker to deviate from a pattern? The mysteries remain, but what is clear is that quilts are works of art that display artifacts of a life lived. In a similar way, Paul’s titles give subtle clues that stitch in references to personal experiences that may have inspired each work

Exhibitions:

2020"Slits and Slots", Curated by Melissa Brown, Essex Flowers, New York, NY
2013"Draw Gym", Curated by Brian Belott, 247365 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.  NYTimes
2006"Williamsburg's Waterfront", Curated by Clare Weiss, The Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY
2005"Trickle Down", Curated by Robbie Austin, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Burlington, VT
2004"Praxis in Practice", Commons Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
2002"Just Paint", Commons Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
1996"20th Annual Student Exhibition", The National Arts Club Allied Artist Award
1995The Museum of Etruscan Art, Cortona, Italy, Group Exhibition

Professional Associations:

2004 - presentMuseum of Modern Art, Museum Educator
2008 - presentAmerican Folk Art Museum
2003 - presentInternational Center of Photography, Museum Educator
2003 - 2008Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum Educator
2000 - 2001Queens Library Gallery, Assistant Exhibitions Manager
1997- 1998Brooklyn Museum of Art, Public Programs Assistant

Education:

2002 - 2004MA, Art Education, New York University, Steinhardt
1993 - 1996BFA, Painting, Pratt Institute
1995Pratt in Tuscany
1992 - 1993Foundation, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago