BIO • Sally Nystrom is an artist and art teacher who has a private studio in the Casket Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis. She graduated with a BA from St. Catherine’s College in 1991, and has continued her studies, focusing on her love of art history. In 1993, she began as a teaching protege with Sally Brown, a founding member of WARM. Together they taught in Sally Brown’s studio school and for the University of Minnesota adjunct programs. They have developed curriculum for various art programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sally’s latest body of work is figurative with a bittersweet view of the past.
ARTIST STATEMENT • I have been a voracious reader of fiction since I was eleven years old. It is not the plot of a story that interests me the most ; It is the stories of people’s lives and their relationships. The characters in these stories show joy, despair, resilience, remorse and a myriad of other human experiences and emotions that are universal. It is no surprise to me that my paintings are about people’s stories. I use metaphor and symbolism as do authors of fiction. The characters in my paintings span the years from 1920 to 1950. Some include first generation immigrants to America. I invite the viewer to invent their own story about my paintings Perhaps you will see your family and friend’s stories in my paintings, and even their secrets. David Seltzer, a contemporary writer and director said, “There is no such thing as fiction.”