Get to Know Sara Jimenez: One of NMWA's Women to Watch
Tell us about your path as an artist.
I have always been making work for as long as I can remember. I didn't fully take the risk to commit to it as a career until I was in my mid 20s. In graduate school I moved from creating drawings, to experimenting will all different kinds of media and collaborations. Since then, I've developed my own hybrid practice of installation, performance, collage and video.
How would you describe your style?
I am an interdisciplinary artist. I move between multiple mediums. I am interested in materializing existing global narratives around concepts of origins and home, loss and absence. I work in drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance, to create visual metaphors that allude to mythical environments and forgotten artifacts. Every project has a different aesthetic sensibility.
However, I would say thematically there are visual patterns such as fragmentation of space and organic structures. Most recently, I have been focused on creating large-scale sculptures and installations out of paper. I use printed inkjet scans of 19th and 20th century American colonial photography of the Philippines. Using techniques of collage, I create sculptures and immersive environments of re-imagined tropical landscapes and cityscapes.
What inspires you in your work?
I am inspired by historical texts and photographs, and the line between fact and fiction. I collect familial narratives, abandoned objects, debris, compost, colonial texts and photos from the Philippines, maps, and textiles. Through material experimentation, I combine and rearrange elements from my collection to complicate pre-existing narratives of place, lineage, and temporality.
What are some of your career highlights (so far)?
I have exhibited at the Pinto Art Museum (Philippines), El Museo del Barrio, Rush Arts Gallery, BRIC Gallery, BronxArtSpace, FiveMyles Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, The Bronx Museum, and Smack Mellon, among others. I have performed at numerous venues including The Dedalus Foundation, The Noguchi Museum, Jack, The Glasshouse, and Dixon Place.
I have been an artist in residence at various organizations, including Brooklyn Art Space (2014), Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace (2015), a full artist fellowship to The Vermont Studio Center (2016), the Bronx Museum’s AIM program (2016), Yaddo (2018), BRICworkspace (2018), Art Omi (2019) and Project for Empty Space (2019).
I am the recipient of the Cecily Brown Fellowship and have been listed as Smack Mellon’s “Hot Picks” in both 2018 and 2019.
Most recently, my work was acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice.
Get to know more about Sara at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Women to Watch 2020 event on July 11th. The event will also include opening remarks from our very own Marianne Howatson.
You can also discover more about Sara Jimenez here.