Sasha Schilbrack-Cole's use of shadow and lines explore the atmosphere of the stories and traditions embedded within southern culture. His work is defined by an exploration of the secluded natural spaces in which he would build forts as a child. Conceptually, his prints explore the personal connections, and disconnections, between experiences and memories from wandering through southern forests. He finds joy in the repetition of mark-making in the rich wood-grain and creating etched fables representing themes of nostalgia, memory, and home.
“As a kid living in rural Georgia much of my time was spent exploring the forests around my house. These spaces were dominated not only by nature but also by detritus of people’s lives long forgotten. Burned down homes and dilapidated machinery punctuated the landscape. Living amongst these layers of history provides the backdrop for my prints.”
- Sasha Schilbrack-Cole