"This work involves objects which are irrationally placed inside a refrigerator, such as
A grasping hand, a box of cornflakes, one searching eyeball and “planeria” rug.
Here, I emphasize the strategy of basic surrealism or the juxtaposition of dissimilar
Prints are produced on demand on either mounted wrapped canvas or giclee fine art paper in a variety of sizes here in the United States. High quality print reproductions for your home or office designed by artists living with homelessness or disabilities.
“Don't be afraid of your own voice”
For Saundra Fleming, art is about communication and connecting to others. She aims to express her identity and life experiences through her creations and engage viewers in meaningful dialogue. “I love the way that art sparks conversations with others and creates personal connections.”
During her graduate studies, Saundra was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which began “a long journey towards learning to live with and eventually thrive with” this illness. Additionally, Saundra has endured family difficulties, including the loss of her father and the onset of Alzheimer's disease in her mother. In the wake of these tragedies, Saundra felt that she “needed to prove that there was meaning in life” and used art creation to regrasp reality. Although her disability has led to significant financial challenges, Saundra has remained tenacious and resourceful--painting on found materials, wood scraps, reused canvasses from thrift stores, and other creatively sourced materials.
Saundra began formally studying painting at the University of Texas in Austin in the 1980s and received her MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. In the time since, Saundra has continued to regularly produce and exhibit her work. A self-defined conceptual artist, Saundra calls her idiosyncratic style "comic surrealism." She often juxtaposes unlikely subjects and draws inspiration from the bright colors, quirky characters, and the natural world of her childhood in Louisiana and Texas. Saundra explores her identities as a lesbian and a resident of the American South in her work, examing these themes with an “intellectual, comic and philosophical bent.” She explains, “I do not paint what is merely beautiful, but what is distorted, comic, shameful or curious. Like all artists, I am trying to describe what it is like to be alive.”
Saundra considers herself a philosopher as much as a painter. “For me art is about inquiry...I use drawing and painting to not just ask questions, but answer them for myself and those I care about.” In this way, painting often becomes an act of problem solving for Saundra--an empowering and uplifting experience. “When I see that I can solve problems in my paintings, I generalize that to being able to solve other problems in my life.”
Saundra is excited to share her work more broadly and connect with others through ArtLifting. “Art is about connection and communication, and knowing that others are inspired or challenged by my work is a great source of comfort and motivation for me.”
Our Fine Art Paper and Photo Paper are OBA-free acid-free, 310gsm, bright white water-resistant paper made from 100% cotton. The fine art paper is a premium, flat, textured canvas paper. Our Mounted Canvas is a polycotton blend matte canvas using a pH coating that is optical brightener additive-free, acid-free, and whitening agent-free.
Each of our frames are hand built upon order to fit each piece. fine art paper and photo paper prints are framed with classic contemporary authentic wood measuring 1¼” w x ¾” h with a ⅝” rabbet with glass covering and optional white matting. Our mounted canvas prints are framed in floating authentic wood measuring ⅝” w x 2” h with a 1 ¾” rabbet.
Prints and frames are made to order and ship from within 5-7 business days of your purchase via UPS from California. If your prints arrive damaged please let us know and we will correct them for you.
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