Artist Sarah Hurwitz on the Legend of the Great Canal Monster
Best of Phoenix hits newsstands Sept. 26. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Sarah Hurwitz.
Katrina Montgomery Sarah Hurwitz in her studio
Sarah Hurwitz has an eye for the little things. And the big things, too. The Arizona native knowns how to capture the details in her illustrations and paintings, but her ability to bring this work to a grand scale is where she sets herself apart here in Phoenix. Earlier this year, Hurwitz turned Eye Lounge into a dreamy collection of oddities in "Everything I have ever wanted to own", which featured portraits of the first 23 American Presidents and a sushi conveyer belt (among other things).
Katrina Montgomery A selection of the artist's tools
Hurwitz works in a studio located off of Roosevelt that doubles as her home. Large sliding doors provide ample natural light for her workspace, which is covered in pens and pencils. When she isn't making art, Hurwitz teaches drawing at Paradise Valley Community College.
What's your earliest memory of Phoenix?
Maybe not my earliest but my fondest, was swimming in the irrigation in the summer. It was my Phoenix equivalent to an open fire hydrant, just with more bugs.