Sara Fleenor was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1978. She worked as a graphic designer before studying painting at Miami University, graduating in 2012. The artist then went on to receive a master’s degree in Fine Art from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. Primarily a painter, her work explores themes of psychological isolation and its relationship to consumer culture. Drawing from contemporary marketing and branding systems, as well as 16th and 17th century northern European painters, she depicts scenes which grapple with the concept of life mediated through a lens of abject consumerism. Her current paintings are influenced by the economic decline in the Midwest.

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