Meher McArthur has written an article about Sarah Brayer’s Luminosity works in Buddhistdoor March 17, 2020. ”Brayer’s exploration of inner light in her Luminosity works on (and in) paper have added an exciting new dimension to printmaking and washi papermaking. As an artist, she has achieved the seemingly impossible—illuminating core details of her works so that they can be seen in the dark. By viewing the work in shifting light conditions, one becomes aware of the outer transitory nature of daylight and inner unchanging light source within. By being in the dark, we become more aware of the inner light glowing within.” https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/expressing-the-inner-light-the-luminescent-art-of-sarah-brayer
The night sky has inspired a new series called “Indra’s Cosmic Net.” Fascinated by the interconnectedness of all formations: large as the universe, and small as cells, I have been using the long fibers of mulberry paper to create cells and “draw” in a new way. These new works are part of the Luminosity series. I will also show prints and paperworks of Kyoto. All are welcome.
MOON exhibition at the Herbert F Johnson Museum at Cornell, Ithaca, N.Y August 26, 2018 to January 13, 2019 Opening reception and artist talk Thursday, September 6, 5-7 pm. The talk is part of the Stoikov Lecture Series on Asian Art and will be held in the Wing gallery. Oceanic Moon, Sarah Brayer’s 5 panel luminescent paperwork mural will be featured in MOON, an exhibition drawn from the Johnson’s permanent collection and timed to coincide with the annual celebration of the Autumn Moon Festival. A special gallery will be created for Oceanic Moon so that it is an immersive experience for the viewer. Soundtrack by Steve Greene.
Please join me for a show of works relating to Kyoto at the Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay California. The show will include new luminescent paperworks of the night skies, as well as a selection of paintings done in 1980-81 the first two years I was in Kyoto. These works were recently unveiled in a box inside the studio, and this is the first time they will be shown. The gallery is north of San Francisco on the Coast Highway. I will be present for the reception on Aug 25 and the following Sunday Aug 26.
“Crescent Glow” is the title of the print edition which I created for the NY Print Club membership. It was unveiled in NY in November 2017. The print is a silkscreen on mulberry washi with a handmade luminescent moon which was adhered to each print which makes each print unique. The crescent moon has a glowing presence at night. The studio I worked at in Kyoto was originally a yuzen kimono dying factory, which was designed to hold two lengths of 13 meter kimono fabric.
“Sarah Brayer: Luminosity” opens November 2-14 in London, sponsored by Hanga Ten. The exhibit is at Gallery 8, St James’s, London. Artist opening reception: November 8th, 6-9 pm. Recent paperworks and prints will be on display. I will be giving 2 gallery talks on Nov 9th, at 12:30 pm, and Nov 10th at 18:30. All are welcome.
“Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer” included a special gallery for the LUMINOSITY series at the Castellani Art Museum. Watch as the phosphorescent poured paperworks reveal themselves in shifting light. Viewers enter a darkened gallery as a special soundtrack created by Steve Greene began. Viewers witnessed shifts in mind and perception during a 10 minute cycle of light, art and sound.
Castellani Art Museum, October 26, 2014, speaking about the 18 works on view at “Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer”
On June 28, 2013 Japan’s Ministry of Culture awarded Sarah Brayer its Bunkacho Chokan Hyosho (“Commissioner’s Award”) for her contribution to making Japanese culture better known and understood internationally, through her original creations in Echizen washi (Japanese paper).
“Creating luminescent beauty in Japanese paper” was the title of my worldwide TED talk audition in Tokyo. You may view the talk here. The TED experience is testament to the power of positive ideas, and how that reinforcement inspires listeners and speakers to both reach higher and go to new levels of expression. I am grateful for the chance to speak about my passion for luminosity, paper, and light to an international audience.