Born. 1973. Dallas, TX. Graduating from Southern Methodist University, Connie studied summers in Taos, NM and abroad at University College, Oxford, England. Currently represented by dk Gallery in Marietta, Georgia, her work is exhibited nationally and collected internationally.
From an early age, Connie lived with the aftermath of rape, molestation, and psychological torture; taping her words and images underneath her clothes and discarding them in alleyway dumpsters. As an adult, she survived cancer, and now lives within the new norm of a progressive, autoimmune, neuromuscular disease.
Writing and drawing still serve as a catharsis. Describing herself as the house poetry built; where line quality is created out of experience, and composition emerges as the woven words of a heart’s beat. Drawing her words within observation she find’s truth, and in truth, Connie finds the transcendent stories of building beauty in her world.
Naturally drawn to contemplative life, Connie has studied and practiced various forms of contemplative prayer/meditation since 1998. Centering Prayer and Lectio/Visio Divina are at the heart of her current practice; layering in Insight/Vipassana Meditation and Dharma study through the traditions of Theravada Buddhism.
These practices along with her early artistic studies taught her observation. Studying under artists as Tracy Hicks, Jay Sullivan, and Barnaby Fitzgerald. She honed skills in observation and materials. Observation being more about the world around you and within you than what is on your paper. Her favorite book being The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides. She learned such things as the scientific makeup of pigments; their reflective and refractive qualities of translucency and opacity. She fell in love with intaglio printmaking, and it is there she realized her devotions to paper. She still works paper as if it is a copper plate.
Harnessing the all of it, allows her the freedom to explore and to be. As her disease progresses, she has limited use of her body. therefore, now exploring much of her world through digital technologies and having a blast.
Connie is a a poet, artist, educator, and advocate. She explores and navigates her world through art. It is how she knows herself and how she gets to know you. Her best form of communication. Today, the once shy and timid girl, enjoys sharing her work, teaching intuitive forms of drawing/prayer, and speaking publicly on issues of abuse, mental illness, and physical disabilities.
Holes of raw-truth appear and disappear through layers of sanded and burnished paper. Graphite is rubbed into every pore until it smiles. Rips are stitched together with threads of prayer.
Fragile and strong, paper echoes the vulnerability and resilience of the human soul. It slips between the thin spaces in our lives and emerges as beauty out of ash. Today, beyond the ash of torn bits of papers past rises drawing as living beings. Breathing as phoenix in redemption song.
Exquisite stories of texture and shape; anxious and methodical lines of reflection and observation. The pieces move and have their being within the context of their environment.
Paint much love, always,
Connie Karleta Sales
a.k.a. This Crooked Little Flower