Paper and Vinyl Collage on Archival Rag Board
11 x 7 inches
“Granite” is from a series that uses geometric imagery found in the 1969 Whole Earth Catalog as a formal basis for collaging together idealized images of nature.
Statement: I am an artist with a research-based practice that utilizes drawing, video and collaborative processes. The bulk of my studio practice and research cuts across and brings together my interests in alternative social histories, language, place, intuitive processes and craft. In the studio I work both independently and collaboratively, adopting the methodology and materials that speak to the project I am engaged with. Alternative social formations and their relationship to the land are persistent areas of interest for me.
Drawing from imagery and ideas surrounding craft, labor, and utopian ideals put forth by figures like William Morris, the Roycrofters, Sister Corita Kent, and the Constructivists, my recent work explores visual representations of landscape and their shifting in the western mind with notions like hope, fear and “glory.”
Bio: Sarah G. Sharp holds an MFA and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory from Purchase College, SUNY. She is the recipient of a Getty Library Research Grant, a BRIC Arts Media Fellowship, residency awards at Cortijada Los Gázquez in Almeria, Spain, The Vermont Studio Center, and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Exhibitions include The Aldrich Museum, Real Art Ways, Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst, Frederieke Taylor Gallery and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NY. Her oral history interview with Elaine Reichek was published by the Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Art in 2009. She is co-founder of COHORT artist’s collective, Assistant Professor in the Visual Art Department at University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Baltimore and faculty in the Art Practice MFA Program at SVA in New York. Sarah lives and works in Brooklyn and Baltimore.