Sarah Sense

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Sarah Sense is an artist from Sacramento, California, living and working between Sacramento and Bristol, England. Sense has a BFA from CSU Chico (2003), and a MFA from Parsons the New School for Design, New York (2005). She has been practicing photo weaving with traditional basket techniques from her Chitimacha family since 2004. Early works are based on Chitimacha landscape in Louisiana and Hollywood interpretations of Native north America. In 2010 when Sense began to travel the world, her journals, photography and family archives were woven into her mats to tell new stories, revealing sentimental histories that are visually inspired by landscape and contemporary basketry. Her art has been exhibited internationally since 2011 when she completed a research project of Native peoples from the Americas; a project including twelve countries, resulting in the book and exhibition, Weaving the Americas, debuting at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Valdivia, Chile. She has since traveled to Southeast Asia and the Caribbean for the series, Weaving Water (2013), showcased in Bristol, England. Her life in Ireland inspired the series, Grandmother’s Stories (2015), a collaboration with her Choctaw Grandmother, followed by Remember (2016), works influenced by her son, with imagery based on Ireland and German family archives. Sense continues to combine historical references and ancestral weaving with present experiences through a weaving practice that includes: photography, drawing, writing, and painting.