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Sabra Booth

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"Art making is my sieve for experiencing the world. Like a 19th century naturalist, I often sketch and paint flora and fauna on site. Personally, I grew up on the beaches of south Florida and Texas. Ecological concerns are an important aspect to my studio practice. In Snow Shadows, I documented the abstract shadows made by plants during the winter storm Uri that devastated San Antonio in February of 2021. I utilized pearlescent powder and rich monochromatic colors to capture the beauty of the snow. Local excitement over this unique snowfall soon shifted to duress, as many people suffered in freezing conditions for days with no utilities. Scientists have theorized these freak polar vortexes are tied to climate change. Thousands of small catfish and many larger fish like black drums washed ashore along the Gulf Coast, as well, in a massive fish kill. I sketched some of these species on Mustang Island, near Corpus Christi. Overall, a cast of shady plants, mutant crustaceans, and amorous microbes populate my art. These characters, like myself, are skipping or stumbling through a dystopic world."

Sabra Booth is an MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA graduate from the University of Houston. She presently resides in San Antonio, Texas. Her studio practice offers interpretative observations of nature and addresses complex ecological issues. Working in a variety of mediums, she utilizes drawing, printmaking, and stop motion animation. Recent travels in Japan and a Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Grant to Finland, both have had a great impact on her work. She will be collaborating with the New York Historical Society and Central Booking, a New York art gallery, on a project about Brooklyn's waterfront in 2022.


Cataclysm is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs


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Snow Shadows

Snow Shadows I, II and III, 2021
Acrylic and Pearlescent Powder on Canvas Boards
4" x 6" each


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