“Utilizing massed materials, I look to create an energetic impact where a poetic dynamic is felt before the content is understood.”
Sarah Krepp is an abstract artist who lives and works in Chicago, IL. Her work plays between the boundaries of painting/sculpture/drawing/installation. She received her BS from Skidmore College and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Krepp is Professor Emeritus of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was Chair of the Painting Program. In addition, she has taught at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Southern Illinois University, the Burren College of Art (Ballyvaughn, Ireland), as well as semesters in Paris for the University of Illinois. She is founding director of DIALOGUE CHICAGO. Her current work incorporates road debris from blown out tires, artifacts she feels ‘are representative of the all-American landscape’.
“Utilizing massed materials, I look to create an energetic impact where a poetic dynamic is felt before the content is understood. I seek to set up an interplay between the brute force of the road and the chaos, confusion, and instability of our daily lives. Part of this is aesthetic, part positive energy, part horror, danger, and death.”
Krepp has shown in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions with catalogs at the Rockford (IL) Art Museum (2016-2017); University of Northern Iowa Museum, Cedar Falls (2015); and the Chicago (IL) Cultural Center (2012-2013). She has also shown at the Hellenic American Institute, Athens, Greece; California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL; and in visual collaborations with The Seldoms Dance Company, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her work is included in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States. She has received many research awards including most recently the residency at Cill Railaig, Ireland, and several travel research grants to Scotland, Ireland, England, and Germany.