“My work relies upon the moment I leave my interpretations behind
remembering to leave the window open
the wind feels warm upon my cheek
the sun upon my eyes
summons the light” — SA
Shari Abramson was born and raised in Queens, New York and attended the High School of Music and Art. She got her BA in art history from SUNY at Stony Brook, where she studied under Lawrence Alloway, and her MA in Art Education at New York University, NY. She was a model and friend of Raphael Soyer.
Abramson has taught art in New York City and in Southampton, NY schools, as well as privately in her East Hampton, NY studio. Her work has been exhibited at Spainerman Gallery; folioeast, Arlene Bujesi, and the Ross School Gallery, East Hampton, NY; Silas Marder Gallery, and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY; Ashawagh Hall, Amagansett, NY; the Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY: and the James Chapel Gallery, New York, NY, among other galleries.
rotating exhibit of current & recently sold work
SHARI ABRAMSON speaks to folioeast’s COCO MYERS
CM/ WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE AND WHY?
SA/ Many: Oil, canvas, paper, graphite, ink, pastel, newspaper, gouache, photo transfer, cardboard, and found objects. These materials give me the diversity I need to to form the image I am compelled to express.
CM/ CAN YOU DESCRIBE HOW YOU WORK?
SA/ In the studio I listen to music, paint, print, assemble and watch, looking and eliminating what does not work and keeping what does. Then look again. Continuing this practice until it sits right.
CM/ WHY THE EAST END? WHEN DID YOU MOVE HERE?
SA/ My husband and I came here twenty-five years ago. We wanted to be near the ocean and raise our children here. Its beauty surrounds all I do. The East End holds the beauty of the early sunrise over the bay and the setting sun through the trees. And the changes which occur through the day and night hours.
CM/ DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE HISTORY OF ART ON THE EAST END?
SA/ I see myself in the lineage of the East End artists. The women who created, a stones throw from my home and studio, saw the same sky, water, land and air that I am living with.
CM/ DO YOU HAVE ANY WORKS BY EAST END ARTISTS IN YOUR HOME? IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ANYTHING, IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR ARTIST OR PIECE THAT YOU WOULD LOVE TO HAVE?
SA/ I have Burt Glynn, Arnold Rosenberg, Kryn Olson, Roisin Bateman, Camille Perrottet, Gabriele Raacke, Sally Egbert, Bob Golden. Would like Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Conrad Marca-Relli, Don Lenzer.