Welcome to Planet SJ!

On Exhibition

Artists with Three Names:  

John Hunter Housley and Sarah Jane Lapp

Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, Providence, RI


Exhibition Reception  Thursday, January 16, 6-8pm

Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, Providence, RI

Exhibition up until Leap Year…

Peace by Piece with Pie

Forthcoming workshops in 2020

Saturday, January 11th, Boyden Library – Foxboro, MA, 1pm

Tuesday, January 14th, Department For The Aging, NYC, 12pm (employees only)

Thursday, January 23rd, Dighton Library at Old Town Hall – Dighton, MA, 3:30pm Free…please register here

Saturday, January 25, Richards Memorial Library – North Attleboro, MA, 12:30pm

Monday, February 3, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, MA 10am (students only)

Saturday, March 14th (PI DAY!) March Bridgewater Public Library – Bridgewater, MA, 10 am

April, Saturday, April 18  Fall River Library – Fall River, MA

April, Date TBD Barrington Library – Barrington, RI

PEACE IN AMERICA? Yes! Piece by piece…

Peace by Piece with Pie serves as a community-building event inspired by the jigsaw puzzles I myself produce. This initiative brings diverse opinions to the table and simultaneously offers opportunities for self-expansion, mindful engagement with others/Others, and, of course, the neurologically-driven joy of creative problem-solving!  I’m happy to send you more information or schedule a call with you…

Support my Pie and Puzzle Happy Hour National Pilgrimage by becoming a Patron. Learn more here!

About SJL

I started drawing when I was four. On a white chair, I think. At some point I moved from chairs to paper. And then from paper to celluloid, making experimental non-fiction animations and films. The films allowed me to explore the religious imaginations and comic impulses of displaced persons, primarily denizens of Prague, among whom I lived and trained artistically during the nineties.

I hand-drew every animation, mostly with India ink and a #512 nib, a tool to which Brown University professor Walter Feldman first introduced me. I was still using this method when Walter died last spring 2017, shortly after telling me a joke. I like jokes. I like to make people laugh. So does the Universe: Mann trakht und Gott lakht.

In 2010 relocated from Seattle to New England and began producing immersive, color-rich, maximalist images, which, in one pictorial field, contained as many marks on the page as an animation. When the film labs closed I found a way to engender incremental time-based movement of these images – albeit with fingers instead of projectors. With my art as the image and cardboard as the medium, I created jigsaw puzzles from my color-intense paintings – as well as anti-fascist greeting cards from my gouache and India ink drawings, making the images more accessible to my community.

Filmmaker Charles “Killer of Sheep” Burnett once told me he viewed his film as prayers and the theatre as a kind of sanctuary. I could be making this up. My mind also thinks our conversation was accompanied by cherry pie. When I vend my work at outdoor markets or host my Pie and Puzzle Happy Hours I feel like I’m running an ad-hoc ministry – the jigsaw puzzles = prayers; the participants = congregants. And everyone is eating pie. Because everything is better with pie.

World peace, piece by piece…

© Sarah Jane Lapp, 2020