We had the good fortune of connecting with Anastacia Sadeh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anastacia, what inspires you?
I am deeply curious about the emotional landscape of the human mind. I am fascinated by the relationship of emotions to individual mental wellness and how this pertains to the collective human condition.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I remember being one of the few grade schoolers in my jumper-clad class that was really excited about getting to go to the local art museum. I have always loved visual representations of the creative mind. My first love was working to capture life around me as it physically appeared to the eyes. It wasn’t until my twenties that I began exploring my skills in capturing how life feels to the mind. This exploration is what I am most excited about because it shows how we are connected at the deepest levels. As for the formal details, I attended Washington University in St. Louis where I studied printmaking/drawing under artists Joan Hall, Peter Marcus, and Lisa Bulawsky. I graduated cum laude with a double major in art history and printmaking/drawing. After graduating, I began teaching 2-D foundational arts courses at the Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia. From there I moved to St. Paul, MN where I was accepted into the AZ Cooperative Gallery. I enjoyed being a part of its creative community and participating in its group exhibits, as well as two solo shows. After 3 years of MN winters, my husband and I moved to Dallas where I wove my curiosity for visually based expression into my hopes of creating a family. It was through my parental experience and challenges that my work began to primarily focus on the reality of emotional health and the deep need for its awareness. My current work continues to explore the transient and complex nature of human emotions as they relate to the importance of mental health and wellness. My images are a thoughtfully explored collection of abstracted ‘portraits’ of various emotions as they move through their fragile and often fleeting existence. My art is an exploratory record of the felt, but unseen.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Fun question! Here are my favorites… Dining Out = Flower Child on Beltline (my new favorite is the Glo Bowl) or Malai Kitchen on McKinney (the Thai Coconut Soup and/or Iron Pot Green Curry Chicken). I just tried the Glo Bowl recently and I’ve been craving it since.. Visit = the DMA, the Nasher, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the African American Museum, as well as the many CAD galleries in the Design District. I would also like to visit the Pencil On Paper Gallery and Blue Print Gallery. For my nature fix, the Dallas Arboretum, Klyde Warren Park, and Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, and, as for a shiny favorite of mine, the Lyda Hill Gems and Mineral Hall of the Perot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shoutout to my amazing husband, Chris. His brilliance, love, optimism, and support mean the world to me as a woman, artist, and mother!