Sarabeth Dunton considers herself a reluctant drawer. Her practice begins with wanting to tell a story and then, thinking better of it. She distrusts representation, and yet she tarries in it. The whole story is never the story and the story is never the whole story. Truth is a contingent, a tangential, an arrow, or a line.
Instead, she settles on a practice of drawing as a practice of attempt. In a voyage to get to a there that might not be there, the work takes notice of the losses endured. The absences become material. What is lacking might be more evident than what is there. The work becomes a process of frustrating the image. In doing so, Dunton hopes to upset the assumptions inherent in the relationship between image making and meaning making. She intentionally alludes and then complicates. Using language, obfuscation, and redaction she seeks to create images that resist their own image-hood and push back against assumed meaning.
Sarabeth Dunton received her BFA in painting from the University of Michigan in 2006. Her current practice centers around time, memory, and erasure and how those things are impacted by the stories we tell ourselves. Her work has been shown in New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, St. Louis, and internationally in Paros, Greece. She has been awarded residency fellowships at Harold Arts, A-Z West, MassMoCA, and the Drugstore. In 2010 she was an Artist Inc. Fellow and from 2012-2016 she was a founding member of the alternative education program, RAD School, in Kansas City, MO. She has exhibited in solo shows at Front/Space, Plug Projects, and G-CADD. Her work was chosen to be included in the Collectors Fund of Kansas City in 2016. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Art Department Fellow.