Sarah Wieben, a Minneapolis oil painter, focuses on landscape. In her work, she addresses the impact of diverse influences – from the American political scene to dramatic weather events – on the environment. “It sometimes happens in life that events compel us to face the fact that none of us has as much control over our own lives as we like to think we do,” states Sarah. “I see this too in the landscape when I paint it. We have our hands on the land. We attempt to harness its power, to use it, to change the face of it, forgetting all the while that it is our host, and we may someday wear out our welcome. My current work reflects man’s constant, often futile struggle to control our lives and the natural world.” The artist, who pursued Soviet Studies at the University of Minnesota, lived in Moscow in the late 1980s and early 90s, working at the U.S. Embassy and teaching school. In Russia, she discovered her passion for art. After returning to the U.S., she earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Sarah’s work has rapidly developed a following among collectors in the Twin Cities area, and we are confident that she will quickly garner national attention.