I was interviewed for their Split Lip blog as well and that will publish next week! For the blog they asked why I use matches in my work. My reply, “I always think of them as offering potential light, or even an explosion and I like that tension – light a candle to read by or touch the flame. I realized recently that a good number of my influences are mystics – Walt Whitman, Hadewijch II, Thomas Merton, Saint Augustine, and many more. I read a beautiful description that all mystics have a fire that burns with radical curiosity for continuously deepening levels of being and this comes directly off the pages of their work. I love any work that exists in that realme of intense fiery aliveness.”
Artists selected for Rewoven display extreme creativity in intuiting and formulating laws to redefine and reshape fiber art ideas, practice, and content. In pursuit of a radical agenda, compelling voices reexamine innovation, social justice, and art history in a new context.
So That I Might Speak to You of Your Magnificence: Sculpture, Drawings and Installation by Sarah Walko
Feb. 2 – March 4, 2017
Artist Talk: Thursday, Feb. 2, 3 – 4 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Free and open to the public.
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 2, 4-6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery
Free and open to the public.
So That I Might Speak to You of Your Magnificence, an exhibition of sculpture, installation and drawings by Brooklyn artist Sarah Walko explores the mythic possibilities of objects, images and imagination. The artist mines the unknowable space between her combined materials for new possibilities of narrative, essence and reality. Using such disparate found materials as animal bones, bird nests, gems, flora, texts and test tubes, Walko distills their enigmatic qualities through juxtapositions that establish unexpected tableaux or situations. As ancient alchemists sought in their proto-scientific experiments a physical manifestation for intangible transitions of spirit and essence, Walko funnels these new relationships between objects to evoke the irrational and the illusory much as a shaman unites good and evil or consciousness and physical existence.
Read the press release for more information.
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey recently welcomed a new Director of Education & Community Engagement, Sarah Walko – read full press release here.
This is a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization before the Trump Presidential Inauguration in January (Organized by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore).