Sarah Rieser is a former interior designer who turned her mid-life health crisis into a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been exhibiting in fine art galleries since 2012, including a solo show through The Art House Chicago. In 2022, Sarah’s work is on view at Stola Contemporary Art Gallery Chicago, DragonFLY Gallery & Creative Spaces Chicago, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts California, Site: Brooklyn New York, San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center California, Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College Des Plaines, and the 12th Annual Going Dutch Festival Elgin, Illinois’ celebration of female voices in the arts. Her piece Our Lady has appeared in Werks Issue 3, Artistonish Issue 8, Residual Believers Issue 2, and Quaranzine Volume IV contemporary visual art magazines. She can be found online at Sarah-rieser.tumblr.com or contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. And Sarah hates having to refer to herself in the 3rd person for artist bios.
My practice is a thematic exploration of consumption-related dysthymia, currently focused on the misplacement of adoration. I create mixed media soft sculpture ornamented with repurposed novelty refuse that engage the fetishization of religious imagery while introducing questions of taste, feminine labor, and prescriptive reliance on the nondurable. My pieces convey elements of humor & irony by using traditional, labor-intensive processes to reinterpret disposable, mass-produced materials with the notion of reassigning value to nugatory consumer goods. Building upon the foundations of my background in craft, interior design, and fine art, I am investigating the duality of my relationship to the conventionally accepted hierarchy of art & craft which positions women's work as the lowbrow province of a hobby. I intend my work to reframe a contemporary idea of the inferior homemade as the elevated handmade. And I owe S.A.I.C. a whole lotta dough for learning how to sound that pretentious.