Sarah Black-Sadler (b. 1988, Adak, Alaska) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Tallahassee, FL. Her artworks blend painting and fiber practices in earnest explorations of kinship. She received her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2021. Her work has been exhibited widely, most notably at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Washington Project for the Arts, and the By the People Festival in Washington D.C. She is also an invited artist resident at Agricola Due Leoni in Rome, Italy, and is the recipient of several awards, including the Gold-Stern Emerging Artist Award, and the Johns Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute artist fellowship.
Firmly rooted in both painting and fiber traditions, my practice begins as a straightforward, formal process concerning texture, color, and shape. I categorize my mixed media works as quilts regardless of the materials involved. For me, quilting reaches far beyond traditional fiber materials. Quilting is a generative practice that amasses care; repeating a form ad infinitum with each repetition being also a renewal. Conceptually, my quilting connects to psychotherapist Dr. Jessica Benjamin’s theory of the Third. This theory suggests that when two people truly understand one another, they create a new third thing. A separate entity that is their relationship. Isn’t that exactly what a quilt is? Blending materials and practices, my quilts propose their own kind of Third; a messy blended space that is vulnerable, tender, and, above all, full of hope.
MFA Maryland Institute College of Art
BFA University of North Texas
Gold-Stern Emerging Artist Award, Baltimore
Johns Hopkins University HEMI Artist Fellow, Baltimore
Mount Royal Community Fellowship, Baltimore
Alexander Rutsch Award, Finalist
Just To Have Seen It, Thomasville Center for the Arts
WEFT: Women Empowering Fiber Traditions, COCA, Tallahassee, FL
37th Annual All Florida Exhibition, Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, FL
THOM Collective, Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville, GA
SDA’s FORECAST//RECAST, Chehelam Cultural Center, Portland, OR
32nd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show, Martin Arts Center, Stuart, FL
THOM Collective, Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville, GA *2nd Place
Ghost of Presence, Susan Eley Fine Art, New York, NY
Am I Altering Your Aura?, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C.
New Appalachia, Vestige Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
THOM Collective, Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville, GA *1st place
In the Seam, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD
House of Mount Royal, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Badideas@yahoo.com, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Paperworks, B.J. Spoke Gallery, New York, NY
By the People x Monochrome, Washington D.C.
New Waves 2019, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, VA
Experiments in Painting, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA