Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux [NRA 2021] : Digital (color study), ca.2021.


Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux [NRA 2021] : Library commission color study, 2021.
Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux [NRA 2021] : Library commission color study, 2021.

SAL record control number: 111138 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Digital (color study)  [from artist] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Digital (color study)  [from artist] ;

Work date: ca.2021  [based on competition date] ;

Work creator: Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux [NRA 2021] ;

Work medium: Oil on panel ;
Work dimensions: 16 x 6 x 3/4 inches ;

Inscribed / signed front: 

Location: At lower left and right edge.
Dated?: No.
Text: ‘Digital’ and ‘Sarah Thibodeaux’.


SAL category: Oil ;
SAL sub-category: Allegory ; genre ;

Archives of American Art subjects:

Description of work:
I chose the themes of “Analog’ and “Digital” as metaphors for the world as it was in the nineteenth century and the world as it is today. The figure in “Analog” is a young girl reading a book, her eyes on the viewer. She is engaged and active. She’s holding a book in one hand. 

By contrast, in  “Digital” the young girl is head down focused on a lit screen. It is all consuming, and she is unaware of her surroundings. 

In the background I chose angel trumpets, which are beautiful and full of life but also dangerous when ingested. It seemed fitting to give a hint of the technological world as both alluring and dangerous, as we have experienced both its benefits and downsides in recent years. 

In these works I wanted to create contemporary paintings that would stand on their own in an elegant statement of beauty and the classical timelessness of portraiture and flowers. I also wanted to give a nod to our cultural moment (the subject has phone in hand). This may prove to be dated in time but will serve as a reminder of life this year.

ca.2021 Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux [NRA 2021]

Exhibition history:
2021 SCNY Allegory today : the library commission November 8-19.

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October 29, 2021

Last updated: October 29, 2021 at 12:50 pm