Saint Augustine, FL artist Sara Pedigo has created the original painting Beach Standoff for the cover of Liz Robbins’s upcoming book, Play Button. Play Button won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, selected by Patricia Smith.
Pedigo describes her work and it’s relation to Play Button:
Both Painting and Poetry allow us to experience narratives created by others that flesh out our own humanity. I am very interested in the strength and malleability of memory. What I like most about reading Liz’s poetry is the sense of being dropped into specific events, loaded with memory and emotion. For a short time I am allowed to live within that moment.
We load our own narratives onto images; the viewer is allowed to frame the event. The open-ended nature of painting allows the viewer to complete the work and give it new life. When I created Beach Standoff, I wanted to give the viewer a sense of tension, the suggestion that something was about to happen. This painting’s subject is taken from a black and white photograph of my mother on the beach. She stares out of the canvas; her youth is both a strength and vulnerability. She could be the sixteen year old from the poem “Sonnet from Memory.”
More of Sara Pedigo’s work is on exhibit through December 31 at Plum Contemporary Gallery, Saint Augustine, Florida.
Sara Pedigo is a painter living and working in Saint Augustine, Florida. For more information, visit her website, sarapedigo.com