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Sara Conklin works in both oil and mixed media on paper. The structure of the house is a recurring theme and one of her favorite subjects. This easily recognizable object takes on new meaning through juxtaposition or layering as Conklin asks to viewer to see the home both structurally and emotionally. In the series of works on paper, “Abandoned Farm Series”, part of the Five Points show, Conklin portrays the stories of people’s lives by depicting the homes they have left behind Conklin draws her inspiration from an abandoned farmhouse located near a busy highway in New York State that she has observed for over 15 years. The house, although composed of inanimate parts, has an intense, vibrant story. It contains within its fading façade the vivacity of the people who lived there in the past as well as reflects the changing landscape of rural New York, from farm country to subdivisions and strip malls. The house contains secrets, loss, sadness, joy, and other emotions that bind people together, strangers and families alike. Through her work Conklin wants Just like the body is the vessel for the soul, the house is a vessel for the lives within.