Sarah regards the internet and digital media to be a unique vessel for culture to exist, evolve and be archived simultaneously. In these digital spaces, information intertwines in such a way that we often have little separation between current events, internet vernacular, memes and humorous content, celebrity gossip, images, and fact and fiction. We contribute to and consume this content in an unending loop – interacting instantaneously with endless information is unprecedented in our history; and yet, it is our societal norm.
These intersections have inspired Sarah’s current body of work, Ubiquitous, which investigates the constant feed of images and data through digital devices. It is her belief that through our perpetual media engagement, there is a universal language where everything from cat videos to Kim Kardashian “Breaking the Internet” is immediately understood. She seeks to reorganize and reinterpret these images, selecting a variety of recognizable or notorious images and phrases and reassembles them to create a homogenous piece. Sarah carefully renders these drawings in colored pencil, juxtaposing the traditional fine art media against the pop culture imagery. Her pieces are the exact size of an iPhone screen – arguably the most popular vehicle by which the content she addresses in her drawings is consumed. Sarah’s intention is to create artwork that is at once spontaneous and serious, vapid and complex, emulating our culture’s relationship with social media down to the last detail. In her artwork, she strives to blur the lines of “high” and “low” art – to marry unconventional themes with traditional practice. Sarah seeks to create pieces that are critical snapshots of our culture, presented in a way that allows the viewer to consider familiar concepts through a new lens.
See more about Sarah's work and process on the Smithsonian's Folklife Website! https://folklife.si.edu/talkstory/beyonce-to-spongebob-snapshots-of-digital-culture-sarah-jamison
Sarah Jamison received her BFA in 2010 from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. In late 2017, her work was featured on the Smithsonian's Folklife website as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Sarah's solo exhibition venues include IA&A at Hillyer and Latela Gallery, both in Washington, DC. She has participated in several group exhibitions around the metro area and was voted 2018 Best Visual Artist in the Washington City Paper. Sarah continues to live and create in the Nation's Capital.
Sarah is a member of the DCAC Artists Collective, Sparkplug. For information about District of Columbia Arts Center and Sparkplug exhibitions, please visit dcartscenter.org!