Sóla Saar Agustsson is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley. Her art writing has been published in Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, Art Slant, Flaunt, and Bullett, and her novel, Anonymity is Life, is forthcoming.
Artists at Work: Hayley Barker by Sóla Saar Agustsson
Hayley Barker’s paintings depict landscapes of gardens and homes she visits and inhabits, works which render the texture and movement of the natural world as something that is not only seen, but lived in. Influenced by tarot and earth-based spirituality, her early practice as a performance artist, and feminist artists such as Ana Mendieta, Hayley's work offers a fresh perspective in contemporary landscape painting. Sóla Saar Agustsson recently spoke with Hayley about the evolution of her artistic and spiritual practice, and "Laguna Castle," her solo exhibition at Night Gallery in February 2023.
Artists at Work: Sara Issakharian by Sóla Saar Agustsson
Sara Issakharian is a mixed-media painter based between Los Angeles and Berlin. Born and raised in Tehran, her work takes up themes such as the grief of emigration, women’s oppression, and state violence. Her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, ‘There’s a whole life in that, in knowing that the sun is there,’ which opened at Tanya Leighton Gallery in August 2021, explores the duality of light and darkness. Her work will be included in an upcoming group exhibition, “Abstract Now,” at SITE131 in Dallas, Texas.
Artists at Work: Sula Bermúdez-Silverman by Sóla Saar Agustsson
Sula Bermúdez-Silverman is a multidisciplinary artist whose work uses assemblage, sculpture, and videography to interrogate economic, racial, religious, and gendered systems of power. Her current exhibition at the California African American Museum of Art, Neither Fish, Flesh, nor Fowl, combines found objects with dollhouses made of sugar, exploring the artist’s ancestral connection to Puerto Rican sugar plantations and the crop’s relationship to invisible economic powers. Her exhibition at Murmurs Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, Sighs and Leers and Crocodile Tears, is also currently on view.