drawing on paper

Sarah Jacky

b. 1992, Niederuzwil, Switzerland
Lives and works in Zurich, CH
@_sarahjacky_

About the artist
Sarah Jacky

While addressing the depiction of the environment and grappling with matters of social, geopolitical and ecological forces, Sarah Jacky developed a rich vocabulary to create landscapes and narratives creating the illusion of a weightless, spiraling universe.

In these detailed, highly-precise drawings, Jacky filters her distinctive visual language through diverse materials and mediums experimenting with drawing, photography, video and installation. With spirited investigations of the pictorial plane, Sarah Jacky begins with a seed image as the foundation and then layers colored pencils in a generative and recursive process, while also pushing the limits and possibilities of drawing.

The artist renders intricate and mesmerizing environments that focus on the many forms, appearances and outcomes of planetary urbanization and is concerned with the difficulties of representation, as well as questioning positionality, leaving the viewer connected in visual constellations that either persist or decay with time’s passage.

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Selected works
Sarah Jacky

Artificial Forest II (Lofot Blue), 2021

Colored pencil on paper
23.6 x 16.1 inches
60 x 41 cm

Gravel Pit (Lofot Blue), 2019

Colored pencil on paper
65 x 43 Inches
165 x 109 cm (paper size)

Artificial Forest III (Lofot Blue), 2021

Colored pencil on paper
15.7 x 11.4 inches
40 x 29 cm

Artificial Forest IV (Lofot Blue), 2021

Colored pencil on paper
15.7 x 11.4 inches
40 x 29 cm

Untitled I (Lofot Blue), 2021

Colored pencil on paper
11.4 x 8.3 inches
29 x 21 cm

Untitled II (Lofot Blue), 2021

Colored pencil on paper
11.4 x 8.3 inches
29 x 21 cm

$60bn worth of oil I (Lofot Blue), 2021

Colored pencil on paper
30.3 x 23.2 Inches
77 x 59 cm

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Sarah Jacky

education, honors, awards and exhibitions
Sarah Jacky

Education

2018 – 2020
MA Fine Arts, ZHdK, Zurich, CH

2013 – 2018
BSc Architecture, ETH, Zurich, CH

2012 – 2013
Photography preliminary course, Lofoten Folkehøgskole, Kabelvåg, NO

2009 – 2010
Highschool Exchange Year, Centro Escolar Miguel Alemán, Mérida, MEX

Honors & Awards

2019
Hirschmann-Grant, Lucerne – CH
ZHdK-Avina Fund for Students, Zurich – CH

2011
Youth Cultural Award, 1st Prize Category Art, Frauenfeld – CH

Exhibitions

2021
Dear Ambiguity, (UN) LEARNING FROM THE VIRUS, Department of Fine Arts, ZHdK – CH

2020
true grid irl, unanimous consent, Zurich – CH

2019
HOHOHO (Young Art Edition), KALI Gallery, Lucerne – CH
13. Jungkunst, Halle 53, Winterthur – CH
SAW Art & Architecture, ZHdK, Zurich, – CH
MFA Semesterfazit, ZHdK, Zurich – CH

2018
Kunstpause, Lakeside Promenade, Zug – CH
Multispecies Salon, Manifesta 12 Public Program (Performance with MFA students from ZHdK and exhibiting artist Uriel Orlow), Palermo – IT

Publications

2020
Rückzug, Literarischer Monat, Issue 40

2019
13. Jungkunst 2019, Jungkunst

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