My creative processes are rooted in explorations of traditional fiber practices and how they relate in the realm of metal. Knitting and weaving are art forms that are stereotypically seen as solely feminine and ‘crafty’. I aim to break past that limitation by uniting the idea of craft with fine art, as well as redefining ideologies of feminine art forms. Remolding perceptions and empowering women have a deep influence in my artwork and can be seen in the tedious detailing of its repetitive nature as well as the strong structures that result from that process.
The art of knitting entered my life during a time of physical healing. The integration of fibers in the knitting process mirrored my own body's journey of mending herself back together. While my initial experience with knitting was therapeutic, and still holds those intentions, it is now simultaneously time and labor intensive. Much like the fight between the two sides of a paradox, there is a lot of ‘give and take’ in my creative process. My hands endure discomfort and build calluses, then the work becomes more manageable. Delicate and harsh, soft and hard, fluid and rigid, weak and strong: the paradoxes found in my creations echo those that arise in the daily human experience. In the midst of these contradicting ideas, a sense of self can be discovered, as well as contentment in the unfolding.
Raised on the Gulf Coast in the city of Mobile, AL, Sarah moved to Charleston, SC in 2011 to pursue studies in the arts at the College of Charleston. There, she received her B.A. in Art History and Studio Art. In August of 2013, Sarah broke her back in an accident while working in northern California. She learned to knit as a way to cope with the long term healing process. In the three and a half months that Sarah was clamped in a plastic shell she knitted everyday. Returning to continue her studies, Sarah decided to combine her passion for sculpture with her new love of knitting.
After graduating, she began working out of Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC and received the opportunities of having her work on display at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, the Vendue Gallery, Redux Contemporary Art Center, and ARTFIELDS in Lake City, SC. Sarah had her first solo show at Harper Smith studio in Mobile, AL in the fall of 2016 followed by her second solo exhibition, She(ll), at Beresford Studios in Charleston, SC in August 2017.
Sarah is currently based out of New York City where she completed her M.A. in Art Therapy at NYU. She continues to create gallery and commission pieces as she works towards gaining her license as an art therapist.
You can see Sarah's artwork on display at Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, LA where she is currently represented.