Sarah Holden received her MFA in Studio Art with a focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her BFA in Crafts/Material Studies and Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah has presented as a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and taught as a Metals Instructor for The Penland School of Crafts. Sarah exhibits her one-of-a-kind jewelry and sculpture both nationally and internationally and is represented by Quirk Gallery, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Penland Gallery, Equinox Gallery, Society for Contemporary Craft and Lillstreet Art Center Gallery. Sarah currently lives, works as a studio artist, and teaches in Chicago, IL.
My work investigates the plight of the female condition through the body. The performance of gender is challenged materially by constructing delicate and curvy forms from industrial steel wire and strong muscle-like veins of knotted stockings, lace, and lingerie. Subversions of accepted notions of gender are articulated through these beautified welded steel structures that are rendered useless without the knotted, stitched and sewn stockings and lace that hold the work together. The immediacy of presenting the work on the body in the format of jewelry allows me to provide a direct connection to the bulbous, imperfect, politicized body the work explores.