michal sagar

These works on paper began by drawing directly from fragments of ancient European sculptures. Intrigued by the dynamic energy still residing in the damaged pieces of stone, I saw in their broken beauty not only the history of what they once were, but also a resonant potential.

As I worked on my initial drawings a surprising element emerged — that of an African wild dog. I viewed these two potentially antagonistic forces — the remnants of a Classical European male and an endangered African painted dog — as players in a struggle seeking a new balance. Responding to the nature in each, I imbued both with a sentient quality.