“One can travel this world and see nothing. To achieve understanding it is necessary not to see many things, but to look hard at what you do see.”
Aubrey Saget’s paintings focus on framing and pacing. The imagery varies in time and space, merges with the subconscious, and freezes. Sweeps of oil paint activate the gesso-ed ground, while self-reflexively indexing the material. The simple white surface collapses into an infinite void, narrowing the lens to the point of claustrophobia.
The value of the white surface oscillates from painting to painting. Her process centers around adding and subtracting within each small frame. Oil paint is absorbed, wiped, and sometimes omitted completely, forming a myriad of stark light sources. Her portrayals of intense, yet intimate spaces are simultaneously specific and enigmatic. Through off-kilter repetition the imagery disorients; however, it remains centered around one desolate familiar breadth.
Aubrey was born in New York City, grew up in Los Angeles, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2013, she co-founded an artist collective called Studio200. She received her Master’s in Fine Art from NYU in 2016.