Professional artist and educator Sara Farrington is a Myrtle-Beach native now living and working in the Raleigh area in North Carolina. She attained a MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) in 2018 and MAT in Art Education from Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC) in 2010. Her series, Model Home, is a modular, site-responsive sculptural installation of staged domestic spaces. Her to-scale installation components, which include furniture, light switches, electrical outlets, rugs, picture frames and even baseboards, are created using heavyweight drawing paper. As Farrington’s renditions of Model Home are created in response to the space that contains them, it will be fun to see what new pieces she creates for our historic-beach-villa-turned-art-museum venue.
Farrington explains that the “foundation” for Model Home is rooted in traditional drawing. But the work expands the definition of drawing beyond the two-dimensional picture plane and into three-dimensional space, where the space functions as image rather than reality, much like model homes. Because every piece in the installation is the same crisp, white hue, one is reminded of the seemingly ceaseless struggle to keep our domestic spaces looking clean and bright. Model Home is an attempt at domestic perfection, a next-to-impossible task for most. Farrington’s work is a metaphor for the American ideal or dream, the commodity of a perfect domestic space marketed specifically for status – an unattainable goal for most. Embodying an empty promise indicative of the American Dream, Model Home underscores the “futile and somewhat antagonistic” attempts often made to achieve the appearance of perfection.
© 2016 Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.