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About the Bucket Head Girls: 

BUCKET HEAD GIRL SERIES

The bucket head girl image was derived from a photograph of a small child playing outside.  She put a pink, plastic bucket on her head, wore a purple princess dress and carried a bright yellow play bat.  I was struck by how funny, cute and powerful the image seemed.  I also thought it carried a variety of different interpretations, given the symbolism of a person with an object on their head that makes them temporarily blind, unable to speak or hear properly; and put there of their own volition.

Throughout the series the Bucket Head Girl encounters different tools (hammer, ax, gun) as well as different scenarios, some topical some fantasy.  Her bucket has become weathered, with holes and dents in it, some of those holes are self-inflicted from the tools she carries and others are a product of wear and tear.  This symbolizes our self-destructive nature, how we represent ourselves in various circumstances and what it means to purposefully render our senses powerless for the sake of survival. 

In addition, I added a saintly halo seen in Gothic Art depictions of saints to some of the Bucket Head Girls to make a correlation to self-sacrifice with that of self-destruction.  In popular culture, women are often shown as alluring by adhering to strict rules of beauty, socialization and gender roles, all of which can not only be harmful to physical wellbeing but can also erode the spirit. 





ROT: The Afterlife of Trees Exhibit - Corvallis, Oregon in January, and the World Forestry Center in May 2016.  Follow me on instagram at sarahthepainter.

Planet Tuolumne, a two person show with Zac Calbert will open December 2014 at the Ventana Gallery in Sonora, CA. The opening receptions will be held on Saturday, January 10th at 5pm.

River Reflections, Mokelumne River Arts Project will open in early 2015 and rotate throughout next Spring from Sutter Creek to Oakland, CA.  50 artists from many disciplines will be exhibiting works inspired from the Mokelumne.  Grand Prizes will be given out at the last show, for more details go to Amador Arts Council.
Here is a recent article about this exhbit:  http://blog.sfgate.com/inoakland/2015/02/17/mokelumne-art-exhibition-travels-to-oakland-to-share-rivers-beauty-and-raise-awareness-on-water-conservation/ 

Slice:A Juried Cross Section of Regional Art, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA.  June 29th - August 24th.  Opening Reception: Friday, July 11th, 6 - 9pm.

Sarah Anne Graham: TCAA Artist in Residence, Sonora, CA.  July 12th - September 12th.  Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12th, 5 - 8pm.

Standing With the Watershed show has moved to Groveland, CA. Opens March 15th. https://www.facebook.com/standingwiththewatershed

Work from the Rounds series will be in a group exhibition titled "The Consilience of Art and Science", Pence Gallery, Davis, CA. Show runs January 11th - March1, 2014. http://www.pencegallery.org/

Work about the Rim Fire and it's effects on the Tuolumne River watershed will be shown at an upcoming exhibit, "Standing with the Watershed", Sherwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA in December 2013. 

Work from Rounds: Inside and Out will be featured at the group exhibit titled "Gems II", at Benicia Arts in Benicia, CA in December 2013. http://artsbenicia.org/

Selected Artist in the Woods 2013 for the Stanislaus National Forest, an annual residency program in the Fall. Sarah was stationed in the Strawberry area, teaching oil painting in October. See the Trees portfolio for piece inspired from her stay up on Sonora Pass.