There’s something almost shocking about the work of Sarah Coote. All teeth, tan and hand-on-hip poses, her paintings take aim at the clubs, societies and balls frequented by the upper classes. As a painter, Coote is interested in providing a psychological look into the American class structure and the spectacle that it has become.
Her brush strokes are bold, brash and expressive; forming a picture of society which feels warped and aggressive. Take for example her painting ‘Ladies Hat Day I’ (above). Here we see a row of youthful socialites all melded into one large blur of artificial smiles and summer dresses. It’s like haute couture meets Chris Cunningham by way of Elizabeth Peyton. I think it looks great!
Living and working in Philadelphia, Sarah is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has shown in multiple group exhibitions and was recently awarded a 2014 Spring residency at the Grin City Artist Collective in Grinnell, IA. If you live in or around Philadelphia you can catch one of her many upcoming shows (details here) or check out her website to see more of her work.