"Ballinglen IV" is a monotype with chine collé, printed on Kitakata kozo paper mounted to Folio paper with a white border on all sides of the image. Smelser made this piece while an artist in residence at the Ballinglen Foundation for the Arts in Ireland. The colors of that landscape are present in the piece.
Utilizing transparent veils of color and thin Asian papers, Sarah Smelser creates prints with an abstract sensibility that are informed by drawing and that reference cartography, the body, cycles in nature, and mundane objects. She has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld, and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York. Her work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art (Ireland), JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, Reader’s Digest Association, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp; New York Public Library, and the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University. Sarah Smelser received her BA from University of California at Santa Cruz, her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. Sarah is Professor of Art and Associate Director of the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University, Normal, IL