New York City

Sage Cotignola is a freelance illustrator who paints intricate images that combine stylized elements of the natural world, folkloric imaginings and personal observations. The paintings, rendered in gouache on watercolor paper and wood, often feature unusual invented creatures (sometimes humanoid, sometimes other) engaged in narratives that suggest emotional truths. Phantasmagoric forms painted in a muted color palette invite the viewer to wander curving paths through the paintings, into new worlds. The works presented here come from her “Nature Spirits” series. Painted on slices of birch and basswood, they celebrate the strange harmonies found in nature.

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