Sarah Boyts Yoder
"I am made of everything I have seen" —Matisse
Sarah Boyts Yoder is a painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received a BFA in Painting from Eastern New Mexico University in 2003 and an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions throughout the US including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. She was awarded a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and has twice been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Boyts Yoder has also been awarded an artistic residency at 100W Corsicana in Corsicana, Texas, her home state, each year since 2017. In 2019 she had her first international exhibition in Sydney, Australia.
One of the most joyful and pure experiences in my life is salsa dancing. In that space I find improvisation and quick thinking, experiments in communication and collaboration, unselfconsciousness, freedom, joy and feelings of deep expression and connection to self and others. It's similar to the things I also find in my studio practice and I apply all those lessons in both spaces.
Artists of influence: Georgia O'Keefe, Elizabeth Murray, Amy Sillman, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Motherwell, Arturro Herrera.
Joe Nolan's review of 'At Home', a group exhibition at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN, in the publication Nashville Scene, 2017. 'Nearly everyone who goes to the Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston events stops at Zeitgeist Gallery first — they have the best parking in the neighborhood. This month, the gallery continues its At Home exhibition, which is a really fun group show featuring affordable works on paper along with some small sculptures. There’s a lot to look at, and a common thread of chromatic abstraction runs through most of the work, and makes Sarah Boyts Yoder’s offerings stand out. At Home is a solid show, but Yoder is the crazy diamond shining at its center.'
"The duality I feel and acknowledge definitely allows me to improvise more freely. If you believe that not being sure but trusting anyway is just fine, you’ll take bigger risks as you work. Or at least you’ll hold whatever you’re doing at that moment as the most and least important thing at once. If I’m tuned in to that I can make big decisions faster – letting go of stuff I like, doing something kind of ugly, knowing it will all come back around."
Interview with Kim Rae Taylor for the publication Figure 50, 2016