Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Miska.
Sarah, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up next to a lazy river in a small town in northern California, the community was conservative with a strong Protestant ethic. My parents were hard workers and they were completely engrossed in their careers, so I was mostly alone and learned to play by myself. Our household was quiet and words were sparsely used, so I learned to make things to communicate. As a child, everyone said that I was too shy, but I was simply an escapist. I had a wild imagination where I let my mind slip into alternate worlds; I had an imaginary horse that followed me on my commute to school, I was superstitious and I believed in ghosts, I made tiny paper environments for my miniature collections, and I spent hours upon hours making drawings, sculptures, and videos. Thank Goddess for my parents who let their strange little daughter be herself!
I’ve always made things and this making has simply become more specific and informed with experience and education. I had amazing high school art and art history teachers who inspired me to go to art school. I went to a community College in Rocklin, CA (Sierra College) to develop a portfolio and I received a scholarship and BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. A few years later I attended the Fine Art program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and I received my MFA in 2014. I’m so grateful for everyone who has encouraged and pushed me to the place I’m in today, I especially thank my partner Devyn for all the love and support through the years.
We’d love to hear more about your art.
I make a variety of work in different mediums and I seem to be leaning mostly toward sculpture in recent years. Who doesn’t love a good art object grounded in space? The support is always the money shot for my work, it gets me off every time: what the object leans on, how it’s stuck into the ground, how it comes off a wall or dangles from a surface. Also, I have to chuckle to myself after I make something, if I don’t laugh, I don’t put that thing out into the world. I like that a laugh is visceral and uncontrolled, not unlike sex. Don’t get me wrong, I take my work very seriously and I spend most of my waking hours resolving and researching ideas (this sometimes includes watching pop TV like the Kardashians, RuPaul or Queer Eye).
My most recent solo show was at Hernando’s Hideaway in Miami, Florida. Gallery owner and curator, Gladys Hernando, co-founder of Joan Los Angeles, wrote, “The show begins with sculptures of fingers that take the shape of abstracted flamingos speckled across the front lawn. In the garage gallery, two whimsical, anthropomorphized fainting couches crouch and slink on the gallery floor, while backlit hands direct the viewer this way and that… Miska’s work continues to address the body as a subject by way of compartmentalization and segmentation, and reconfigures traditional ideas of leisure through distortion.”
How can artists connect with other artists?
I found some of my closest friends in Grad school and I consider them to be the family I chose. I frequently have people over for home-cooked dinners and studio visits and I find that this helps when I’m feeling most isolated. I do take breaks from gallery openings from time to time, but I find that I love seeing acquaintances and friends out and about, it’s always brought me joy. We all need community and support so I encourage others to find their circles and family and to go from there. This will always naturally blossom into connections with others in the art world!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I had a few shows recently and these can be seen online with Super Duchess in New York, Hernando’s Hideaway in Miami Florida, griffs in Milwaukee, and Dread Lounge in Los Angeles. I should have more to come this year, so keep an ear out!
Feel free to keep up with my work on Instagram and my website. I’m always down for studio visits so feel free to contact me, I look forward to meeting you!
- Website: https://www.sarahmiska.com
- Phone: 213.399.4745
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarah_miska/?hl=en
- Other: https://hernandoshideaway.org/miska2019