Artist Showcase: Lighten Your Mood With “Saratonin”

Posted: September 11, 2015 in Uncategorized
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By: Ayana T. Miller, Guest Writer

Saratonin “flowing” at Charivari.  © 2015 Ayana T. Miller

Saratonin “flowing” at Charivari.  © 2015 Ayana T. Miller

“Serotonin”, is a chemical found in the brain that is responsible for maintaining mood balance and is necessary to combat depression and anxiety.  It keeps us happy.  “Saratonin” does the same with her colorful and creative abstract art.  You see, looking at visual art that is aesthetically pleasing has the same effect on our mental well-being!  Sara Elizabeth Carnacchi, or “Saratonin” as she’s known in the art community, seeks to do just that.  

Sara was born and raised in the city of Detroit, and her middle name, Elizabeth, is for the street she grew up on.  Various circumstances led to her living in various states, but Sarah eventually found her way home back to the D.  Painting and Trance are her passions, and that combination of those passions led her to the Charivari Festival held on Belle Isle in August of this year.  Excited about being an artist participant in Charivari, Sara was both scared and nervous to be showcased.  However, her excitement and positive spirit won in the end.  “I love Detroit and inspire everyone to be the change they want to see in Detroit.”  Sarah was commissioned to live paint while Marissa Guzman and the Saunderson Brothers performed during the festival.

“Any piece of art I make is one of a kind.  There will never be the same piece twice.” © 2015 Ayana T. Miller

You can feel that positive spirit when you meet Sara and see her infectious smile.  She’s come a long way from tagging burned out buildings during her early youth in the city.  “I have always been an abstract thinker, and was never one to sit down with a pencil and paper.  (I’d) rather pick up a paint brush and can of paint and just flow; flow through my essence.”  


And flow she does.  While working as an assistant at CPOP Gallery (later Contra Products, LLC) in Hamtramck, Sara had a creative falling out with the owner.  She then found herself at Russell Industrial Center as a member of the Detroit Art Collective.  Unfortunately, her time with that group was brief, but Sara still kept in touch with RIC’s Cyle Voss.  It was Voss who invited her to participate in Charivari where Sara painted, and sold her one of a kind artwork on canvas.

You’re already less depressed by this girl’s antics and carefree spirit!  © 2015 Ayana T. Miller

You’re already less depressed by this girl’s antics and carefree spirit!  © 2015 Ayana T. Miller

As you can see, Sara’s work is bright and cheery.  Right now, the gypsy girl is no longer involved with any artists’ group, and is totally freelance.  If you would like to work with Sara in commissioning artwork, or to purchase any of her handmade jewelry or any current paintings shown above, please contact her on Facebook.



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