PATRON's February | March Issue

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Gallerist Karen Galloway. Photograph by Enio Hernandez. Courtesy of Sow & Tailor.

Sabrina Piersol. Courtesy of the artist and Sow & Tailor.

BETWEEN EARTHEN AND CELESTIAL Sow & Tailor will make its Dallas Art Fair debut with Sabrina Piersol’s abstracted imaginary spaces. INTERVIEW BY KAREN GALLOWAY


prung from Karen Galloway’s pandemic musings, Sow & Tailor is an LA gallery with a mission: To raise the voices of the underrepresented. Dallas Art Fair director Kelly Cornell says Galloway’s gallery had been recommended to her several times through other galleries and collectors to join the exhibitor lineup, so it felt very intentional to include the young gallerist. “Sow & Tailor has a strong following and a tastemaker crowd,” she says. Of Galloway’s decision to present a solo booth featuring the work of Sabrina Piersol, Cornell says: “Landscapes are having a moment right now. Sabrina’s abstracted forms within her landscapes show the passing of time; It’s very inviting for the viewer, and the paintings offer a great entry point into any collection.” Galloway caught up with Piersol, who divides her time between Aspen and Los Angeles, here: Karen Galloway (KG): I would love to chat with you about your beautiful practice and how you decided that painting is your path in life. When did you discover that you wanted to pursue this full-time? Sabrina Piersol (SB): I was lucky enough to grow up in a super-



creative household. My mother is a very inventive artist, particularly gifted in painting. She would always have her own projects going and painted beautiful murals on many of the walls in our home. Even though my childhood often felt chaotic, I always felt empowered when making art. I loved film photography best as a teen but fell in love with painting in college while majoring in studio art and classics. I haven’t really looked back since I moved to LA immediately after finishing undergrad, into a warehouse I shared with other artists and musicians for a few years. Outside of grad school, I’ve always worked nine-to-five jobs while maintaining my practice. I currently work as the School, Youth & Family Programs Manager at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado. I love connecting with my community to balance the solitary, interior nature of my studio life. Existing as an artist is always full time. KG: Dallas Art Fair is your first fair presentation—congratulations! Does anything draw you to this art scene in particular? Are you excited? SP: Participating in the Dallas Art Fair is seriously a dream come true! It’s a scene that I have always wanted to explore, even more so the last few years. The fair is a thrilling confluence of galleries from all over the globe whose ethoses really resonate with me.

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