Growing up in Texas, Sarah St. Laurent was rarely sent to the time-out corner for cheating, bullying, or talking back. Instead, her parents punished her for a more dangerous transgression: playing with matches. “Fire and heat have been a recurring theme in my art quest,” she confirms. Today, St. Laurent’s fascination with flames serves her well in the River Arts District, where she melts, fuses, and layers beeswax and damar resin to create “rich, textural images” inspired by nature. The artist will debut new pieces this December as part of The Colors of Pink, a group exhibition at Pink Dog Creative. According to a press release, the show muses on the gallery’s offbeat moniker while challenging participating artists to explore the “role of color.” Infused with pops of coral and mauve, St. Laurent’s encaustic paintings will be displayed alongside the work of more than a dozen fellow creatives, including weaver Emelie Weber Wade. For the exhibition, Wade has fabricated a tunic prompted by the rosy maple moth, a nocturnal creature recognizable by its vibrant shades of lemony yellow and bubblegum pink. “Plants, trees, and insects inspire my color palette,” Wade tells Asheville Made.
The Colors of Pink: December 8-February 25; Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 9, 5-7pm
Pink Dog Creative / 348 Depot St., Asheville