Sasha Ferré’s work explores the encounter between digital space and real space from a human perspective. She finds inspiration in the history of painting and the current landscape of social media. Originally from Paris, France, Ferré moved to the United States in 2014. She holds a BA in Art History from La Sorbonne University in Paris and a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, with an emphasis in painting. She divides her time between Seattle and Paris and is currently working on a series of paintings, drawings, and ceramic pieces that consider the relationships among artist, viewer, subject, and painted object. 

Artist Statement

Some painters rely on nature to paint. My nature is digital media. Some painters draw from life, I replaced life with a smartphone. I don’t particularly like it. But it is what it is.

What we experience as humans living today is a new form of hybridization that is not dependent on gender, age, race, country, or social class but simply on the use of digital media and specifically on the use of smartphones. With this device in our hands, we enter a hybrid space that is at the junction between the real and the digital.  

In my art, I bear witness and paint the moment of encounter between digital and real space from a human perspective. My paintings, in particular, investigate the new relationship among artist, viewer, subject and painted object emerging from such a hybrid space, in relationship to the history of painting.

In making those, I devote special attention to bring a variety of textures and volumes to life. I hope the viewer will appreciate them as physical encounters as well as invitations to reflect upon the sort of culture we are producing as a civilization.

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