NEWSLETTER"When I go to an art gallery and stand in front of a painting, I don't want someone telling me what I should be seeing or thinking; I want to feel whatever I feel, see whatever I see, and figure out what I figure out."- James Frey
I'm Sara "Sassa" Geller, co-owner (with my partner Christopher Malone) and curator of SassaBird Fine Art. As an artist, professional singer, professional model and art instructor, SassaBird Fine Art is my boldest undertaking to date. We opened SassaBird Fine Art when I decided to dive headfirst into the center of the art world in the midst of the 2020 pandemic. After losing my job as an art instructor to adults with Alzheimer's and dementia, due to COVID, I made the leap. And we are am certainly glad we did, as I believe we have created some special places in the heart of Denver's Santa Fe Art District.
As for my art background, I have been in love with art since I was a child. I graduated with a BA in Art History from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. With my paintings, I focus mainly on landscapes and portraits. I look for the magic that can be discovered in landscapes and aim to capture what is most awe inspiring. In my painting "River Bed in Motion", I was taken back by the sheer face of a rock in a dry river bed, sensing and feeling its fluid dynamics. For my portraiture, I capture the quintessence of the person’s very being. I believe that capturing the moment where the subject is most themselves is the key.
The surrealists have been one of my greatest influences. Even the name of my band, "Paranoid Image", was inspired by Salvador Dali’s surrealist term “The
Paranoid Critical Method”.
I have expanded upon my work in a surrealist direction and aim to create a sense of wonderment and awe with my work. In a recent work, dancing bunny rabbits levitate in an abstract expressionist realm. “Dragon Pie” has a touch of the surreal as well with a small dragon landing on a pie.
I aim to create narrative pieces that tell a story. This is a motif imbued in both the poetry of the lyrics I write for Paranoid Image as well as my paintings. A landscape of a riverbed with years of weathering watershed carving out a groove through sheer rock were you can feel the movement in the very trees, for example. Or in my portraiture, such as my painting “Lauren” - a painting of a dance student dancing with flowers springing from her movement.
I grew up in Washington, DC until moving to Boulder, Colorado in 2001. My mother, Luci Geller, is Brazilian and I have always found inspiration in the vibrant colors of Brazil.
During college, I had the great fortune of curating a show for The Worcester Art Museum. This experience along with visiting my professor’s co-curation at the Boston Fine Arts Museum really sparked my love of curation. One of the highlights of my art career was working in art restoration where my specialty was restoring works of art on canvas and board (mostly paintings). Working so intimately with paintings using art conservation practices often informs my own painting methods.