All of the conscientiously flawed characters I create are born from my own history of embodiment. Obstetric and gynecological surgery and procedures have been an early and enduring presence in my life. These procedures have saved my life, left a history of scars and colored the way I think about beauty. They created the collaged aesthetic that runs through my work; and has left me with a sensibility that will always lean towards the grotesque.
Animals show up as surrogates throughout our visual and narrative history. The hybrids that fill my own work use this tie to animal nature as gateway to freedom. Every-body is wrong. Every-body is constructed of multitudes. Every-body is navigating a world with what they have been given. Every-body has a history. I use these surreal bodies to talk about shared human experience in a way that is ripe and ambiguous. Birth, love, motherhood and loss are enacted by hypnagogic counterparts.
My work caresses and manipulates the intimate, vulnerable and flawed taboos surrounding singular definitions of normality. Cut and stitched together from books, magazines, and the internet, the hybrids that fill my work do not belong in our world. They are the “others”, the outsiders that don’t fit within the clear boundaries of society. They are an investigation and acceptance of difference. I work in a variety of media, letting the concept of each individual piece determine the media. Collage is a gateway point in everybody of work that allows me to develop new characters and clarify concepts.
Sarah Fox’s multi-media narratives and characters are created from embodied female experience. Stories of life, loss, love and sex are told through corporeal hybrid creatures. The resulting collages, drawings, sculptures and animations suggest a childlike fairy tale, but with an undercurrent of dark sexual symbolism.
Her work has been shown throughout Texas, as well as in the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana), Field Projects Gallery (New York, New York), Espacio Dörffi (Lanzarote, Canary Islands), Bedsetter Art Fair (Vienna, Austria), Atelierhaus Hilmsen (Hilmsen, Germany) and Casa Lu (Mexico City, Mexico).
She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas where she is the co-director of the innovative community art space Clamp Light Studios and Gallery.