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Sarah Kindl, Relief Printmaking

small pile of family photos scattered on a pea green rug
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 12:00pm
Online Event/Virtual


Artist Statement

In my mixed media installation, I am allowing the viewer to experience my childhood home as it exists in my rawest emotional memories. Wood grain relief print panels are arranged to create a theatrical backdrop for heavy metal posters and a window view looking out on a typical night in the trailer park. Papier-mâché creatures hide in corners, magnified from their actual size to illustrate the overwhelming presence these vermin had on me as a child. Personal keepsakes from my original home are juxtaposed with found objects to create a direct connection to a place that now only exists in memory.

Creating this environment allows me to address otherwise unresolved trauma. Much of my childhood consisted of unwanted sexual and emotional experiences, so recreating the setting of my childhood on my own terms allows me to write a new narrative of my personal history – one where I am in control of my sexuality, identity, and pain. Like many people, I have moments in the past that I want to both address and avoid, and in making this installation it has allowed me to reconcile those two opposing needs.

Image: Double Wide (Detail). Collection of 35mm photographs / Variable dimensions




Artist Talk Series, Fall 2020

This fall the Western Gallery will be showcasing the culminating work of the 10 Bachelor of Fine Arts ("BFA") artists from the 2020 Spring cohort in the exhibition "In-Site: A New Realism." Due to the pandemic, this exhibition was postponed from the spring quarter to the fall of 2020. We are pleased to install the dynamic bodies of work that exemplify the perseverance of the artists during a challenging final spring quarter.

The week of Oct. 5, the exhibiting artists will give talks accessible via Zoom and Facebook Live. We invite the community to join these virtual presentations. We will host a Q & A with the artist in the gallery as part of the presentation. To join us for the talks, please register for the talks by selecting any of the events listed on this page. Each event will have a registration link.