Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in the 1940’s, Bachrodt has distinct memories of the moment she knew she wanted to create art. Bachrodt’s desire to paint was also born out of emotional necessity: in the wake of personal tragedy, painting becomes a channel to express her feelings, record her experiences and make sense of her surroundings.
After relocating to Boca Raton, Florida, in the mid-1980s, Bachrodt found creative inspiration in the lush local landscapes. She was enamored by the vivid plant life in her garden and sought to infuse the colors and passion that would come to distinguish her work. Staring into the face of a flower, she studied the ways in which the pigment pooled in its petals, documenting a delicate dance between color and space – a phenomenon she continues to explore, reveal and incorporate in her art today.
While some may see flashes of Joan Mitchell’s sweeping movement of light and paint, Jackson Pollock’s radical manipulation of line or Mark Rothko’s depth of color in her works, it goes without saying that Sarah Bachrodt’s pieces are as diverse and multifaceted as the inspirations behind them. Employing an array of tools and techniques – from brushes, hard cloths and palette knives to her own her hands- free pouring and finely-milled sand for texture – experimentation is the key to Bachrodt’s creative process. Each of her expansive creations is an in-depth study of movement, color and line.
After an illustrious career in the 1990s that took her from Miami to New York, from her native Chicago, to Florence, Italy, Bachrodt felt it was necessary to temporarily disconnect from the gallery circuit and reconnect with her craft, allowing her to produce art for the purpose of personal fulfillment rather than self-capitalization. After reaching back down to her roots and making art for art’s sake, she reemerged in the new millennium with a sizeable collection of prized pieces. Distinguishable by series instead of by name, Bachrodt’s extraordinary work continues to defy categorization and pushes the bounds of introspection into this new and exciting era for generations to come.