Sally Chandler draws inspiration from sources as divergent as flowered Dia de los Muertos shrines, Henri Matisse’s paintings, Islamic forms, and Gothic stained glass. Chandler sees her subjects—flowers, insects, and fossils—and the shrine-like qualities of her installations as having a restorative effect on the viewer. She is not alone—the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota collected twenty-five of her paintings and the University of Texas Children’s Hospital owns twenty, as well as numerous other museums and private collections.
Chandler studied at Rutgers University, the London School of Economics, and Mexico’s Istituto Allende. Her solo exhibitions include Earth Mass at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Mississippi (1991); Manadalas at Prairie State College, Chicago (1993); and Beetlemania at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin (1999).