Sarah Carr is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her work includes fiber art, performance art, and writing. Sarah's creative process is rooted in her endless curiosity about the world, and a desire to take ideas and thoughts from the inner life of the artist and bring them forth in a concrete way that can be shared with others. Sarah conceives of this process as an ongoing dialogue, where the viewer applies their own thoughts and imagination in interpreting her work.
As a trained anthropologist, Sarah is also fascinated by the human tendency to organize apparently random inputs into familiar terms. How little visual information is needed to guide an observer to the desired interpretation? A series of lines evoke sand dunes or waves; a dark, angular shape becomes a mountain; three lines, artfully arranged, cannot be seen as anything but a face.
Sarah grew up in the magical hills of West Virginia, the daughter of two public school teachers. Sarah’s mother, Susan Carr, was an art educator who encouraged her children to explore art in every medium. There were always projects in progress at the Carr household, from watercolor paintings to screen printing to soft sculpture dolls. Susan also enrolled Sarah in her first dance class at the age of 4, the start of a life-long love affair with creative movement.
At Marshall University, Sarah studied anthropology and art, and was introduced to weaving, felting, spinning and dyeing by professor Michael Cornfeld. After college, she lived in Pittsburgh for two years, where she taught dance and created performances incorporating dance and large-scale fiber sculptures in alternative venues like Penn Ave Arts Unblurred.
Sarah spent the following twelve years in Boston/Cambridge Massachusetts, where she completed her STOTT Pilates instructor certification and opened a Pilates studio in 2009. She continued to make and exhibit fiber art and work on writing projects as time allowed, but by 2016 she was feeling the need to devote more time to her art.
In 2017, Sarah left Boston to join the creative community in Philadelphia. She now has a studio space for fiber art at the Crane Old School in Olde Kensington, and has found a home for her dance and performance projects at CHI Movement Arts Center in South Philly.
Sarah's first performance project in Philly will be presented September 16-17, 2017 as part of the Philly Fringe Festival at CHI Movement Arts Center. The piece, titled Mistress of the Maze, explores the Minoan roots of the Greek myth of Ariadne, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur. It features contemporary, stylized masks and costumes based on the sacred bull, the Minoan genii, and the Mistress of Animals.
Sarah is a member of the Surface Design Association and the International Felt Makers Association, as well as PhiladelphiaDance.org. She is active on Instagram (@carrarts) and her work can be found on Facebook at sarahcarrarts.