The Mall. Painting by Sarah Paulsen

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Closeup of abstracted figures in center of the composition
Example of artwork with wooden frame.

Art Description

Painting: Acrylic, Gouache on Wood.

The displays of phones and mannequins at the mall are the focus of this organized composition. The composition of this work has strong lines at the thirds. In the middle ground, a group of teen figures gather and I painted them as abstracted shapes. The signage is reduced to color and pattern making a space that is familiar and strange. I am often entertained by displays, I was inspired by the green dress on the mannequin in the H&M window and the precious quality of the phones in the wooden display. This painting was created on site in 2007 as a part of the Female Flaneur series.

During Graduate school, I discovered Baudelaire's notion of the flaneur via Walter Benjamin, and became enchanted with the notion of this urban wanderer whom, while meandering, examines the pyschogeography, or the impact of the environment, on the emotions and behaviors of an individual as they walk through the city .

The Female Flaneur Exploration was for me, about challenging notions of femaleness and the role of the female in public spaces, by intentional making myself vulnerable and approachable through the public act of impressionistic painting in St. Louis. Enroute, I discovered issues of permission, safety, and interaction.



The Mall.

Sarah Paulsen

United States


Size: 14 W x 11 H x 0.5 in

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