where the light gets in showcases Frieden’s vivid compositions of figurative abstraction in a complex balance of color and form. Organic patterns of mosaic leaves, or flower petals in soft lavender and copper lay against a linear grid in lime and umber in an unpredictable balance of complexity.
Each painting is often layered with a multiplicity of visual vocabularies mining the history of abstraction, textiles, non-Western cultures, and digital culture. Frieden describes her work as a place to practice this juxtaposition of discordant images, explore spirit and complexity, in an ongoing investigation into what it means to be human.
Sarajo Frieden was born in Oakland, California and raised there and in Los Angeles, where she received a degree in Painting and Printmaking from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited throughout California in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Santa Monica, San Diego, Torrance, San Francisco, and Berkeley; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and New York, NY. She has shown internationally in Melbourne, Kyoto, Rome, Naples, Paris, St. Chamas, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam, and South Korea where her work was shown at the Busan Art Fair. In addition to the Golden Foundation Residency, she was a recipient of the Zeta Orionis Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. She has worked for several decades as a designer and illustrator, where her work has appeared in many different media and publications and won numerous awards.