People & Places

Beautiful Mistakes

Emerging artist Sara DiOrazio will open her second show at Montauk On the Green tomorrow.  After studying fine arts in college, Sara moved to the city 10 years ago with the goal of working on the brand side of ad design.  After years of working in the corporate world, she realized she needed something more.  She started going home at night to ‘break out the paints and get messy,’ not realizing how much that choice would change her life.

DiOrazio’s apartment

Her work was so prolific she was storing paintings under her bed.  Sara started posting on social media, and received an overwhelmingly positive response.  She submitted her work to Montauk On The Green in May, and had an incredibly successful show.   Tomorrow starts take two.

Peaks and Valleys

Like Sara, her work is constantly evolving.  What began in a medium of charcoal and colored pencils has expanded to include  watercolor, gouache, and acrylics.  She tells me, prior to her career in art, she was more of a perfectionist, “Now I see the beauty in the imperfections.”  Her approach is based on Wabi-sabi, which in traditional Japanese aesthetics is an acceptance of transience and imperfection.  Based on Buddhist teachings, it is often described as beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”

“ For me, it is not about the recognition. It is about creating an environment through color and mindfulness in each of my pieces, which invite viewers to create a place for their mind to travel. To fill spaces in that of homes, offices, rooms, buildings, sanctuaries, studios, galleries… but most importantly, hearts and minds. That space in each person which may never be fulfilled again. Life isn’t always beautiful, but with my art I extend a piece of beauty to fill that special place. ”

Courtesy of BYoga

Some of Sara’s favorite Montauk spots? Joni’s for a breakfast wrap (egg whites, avocado, spinach and hot sauce) and a Green Giant smoothie.  And on the other end of the spectrum, Montauk Bake Shoppe for their jelly croissants, (you have to get there early, because they sell out), and Gurney’s for lobster gnocchetti that melts in your mouth.  She credits her wellness routine to BYoga, Gin Beach, and Ditch Plains for yoga, quiet reading and surfing, respectively.  Sara is also an active committee member of Veterinarian’s International, an organization dedicated to enhancing the health of humans, animals and the environment through sound veterinary care and expertise.

Collecting Rose Petals

I am always amazed when looking at each piece, they are all extensions of life experience and the emotions involved with overcoming heartbreak, loss, and finding the beauty in imperfections.

Sounds pretty perfect to me.

Find Sara this weekend August 18-20th at Montauk On The Green.

Instagram: @sdioart; email: sara@sdiorazio.com

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