Bloody Merry by Sara Sisun
oil painting on stretched linen
60“ h x 84“ w x 2” d
35 lbs. 0 oz.
Every week, I work my way through all of the artwork accepted to the site and make sure it’s ready to go live with the New Art on Thursday. That means I see a whole lot of artwork - on average 4,690 pieces a year! Not a bad life, eh?
In this new column, I’ll share a particularly awesome artwork from that week’s new batch and write a bit about what makes it so special. Without further ado, I’ll introduce this week’s piece: “Giant Baby #2” by San Francisco painter Sara Sisun.
The picture above gives a good sense of the painting’s scale. Sara’s tiny (5’ nothin) but your eyes aren’t fooling you much. This piece is HUGE, all caps well warrented. It measures 6’ wide by 7’ tall, enough to take up an entire wall, and much larger than any lil’ baby you’ll ever come across.
Sara painted her baby series (see more pictures below) with unusual tools - mops, brooms and rags to name a few. She used latex paint on a surface called tyvek, a durable paper/plastic combination. The composition takes you right up close to the big babies, focusing in on their expressive faces. Seeing the piece in person at Sara’s studio, I realized how grateful I was that babies are small little creatures. Can you imagine how anxiety-inducing a crying 6’ tall baby would be? Past the age of 3-4 years, the only time you’ll see a grown up with a face like that is on the front cover of the sports page.
I’m a huge fan of Sara’s (full disclosure: I own one of her paintings) and love the impact these pieces have. I can imagine them hanging on a grand wall, tucked safely behind a big frame. What a statement!
Here are some more pictures of the series of babies Sara painted. The Sleeping Baby directly below is also available on Ugallery.