I am nominating the artist Sarah Ortmeyer because her work to me is both nuts and serious, intellectually challenging as well as visually stunning, refined in its execution and yet emotionally completely raw.
Many of the themes in Ortmeyer’s work draw from the her keen interest in — and uncanny understanding of — cultural, human, and political interrelations, whether contemporary or historic, highbrow or lowbrow, academic or pop. Years of working on her PhD about chess have taken her on a world library tour de force (Mexico City, New York, Reykjavík ,Vienna) and have equipped her with a scientific rigor that is rare among contemporary artists. But rather than taking a purely analytical approach, Ortmeyer marries her scholarly inclinations with an inquisitive and sometimes biting naïveté, allowing her to effortlessly break down the most complex intricacies of the human psyche in what may otherwise seem benign or platitudinous contexts. And in all her ongoing quest to discover deeper universal truths, she never compromises her unapologetic passion for beauty…and for love.
her work to me is both nuts and serious
FELIX BURRICHTER is the editor and creative director of PIN–UP, a New York City-based biannual magazine for architecture, art, and design.