Then there’s my husband who has taken to sitting on the deck in the evening communing with the tall sugar maples watching how the light changes on the foliage. He never expressed much interest in nature, but this has become a necessary part of his day. All of this is to say that the past year has changed us. We look more closely, care more deeply and that goes into the work, I hope.”
In The Woods also includes sculptures of a variety of birds and plants observed from her garden. Bringing these moments of “small pleasures” from her daily life into the gallery, Saul ultimately illuminates the relationships between all living things while paying homage to the tenderness inherent to the natural world.
Sally Saul (b. 1946, Albany, NY) earned a Master’s degree in American Literature from the San Francisco State University in 1973. During her time in California, she became acquainted with the Bay Area visual arts movement, characterized by a penchant for bright colors and an interest in drawing subject matter from day-to- day life. In the early 1980s Saul relocated to Austin where she enrolled in ceramics courses at the University of Texas, and began to formalize her process. Informed by memory, her sculptures came to explore complexities of the human condition.
In recent years Saul has achieved significant milestones in her career. Her first survey exhibition Blue Hills, Yellow Tree, opened in May 2019 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition brought together works from over three decades, representing her years spent in San Francisco, Austin, TX, and beyond. Saul presented a solo show at Almine Rech, Paris in January 2020. She has also participated in exhibitions at venues including Jeffrey Deitch, New York, NY; the Art Museum of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; White Columns, New York, NY; and Lumber Room, Portland, OR; among many others. In 2018, the artist, with Peter Saul, co-curated the exhibition Out of Control at Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY. Saul lives and works in Germantown, New York.