Sara on Artist Statements:
In art school, students are taught to write an artist statement. The goal of this is to get down in writing what their thoughts are behind the work they make. This can involve a description of process, the philosophy they explore, or some combination of both. 90% of the time reading an artist statement is about as fun as getting dental work done and often leaves me not liking their work as much as I did before I started reading.
Still, I know I need to explain why I create and what I hope you will experience when you look at my work.
So here is my attempt to write something that will be more fun to read than going to the dentist would be.
Why I create:
I make things to give my inner thoughts an external expression. The images and feelings running through my head can feel so nebulous. By getting them out into the world in a physical from I am able to share them with others, reflect, and gain deeper insight into my internal landscape.
I hope that by sharing these internal landscapes you will gain some insight into your own and consider bringing yours into the world as well.
The custom work I create for clients is one of the ways I help other people do this. We flesh out their ideas and if my skills are a good match I work with them to bring their idea into reality. Understanding people's unique ideas and helping to bring them into reality has been and continues to be one of the most rewarding things I do.
Why are biographies written in the 3rd person? Sara isn't sure but is going with it anyway.
Sara Lynch was born and raised in Potsdam, a small college town in the extreme north of New York State. Her father is a math professor who stares at the ceiling for hours to solve his equations. Her mother is a writer, gardener, and caretaker to cats and a dog who are all rescues. Sara is the middle child and is unsure of what her siblings actually do.
Sara had amazing art and music teachers in high school so naturally she applied to a few art schools for university. In 2002 she ended up at Alfred University with the hope of studying painting, photography, and psychology.
Sara hated ceramics in high school but since she was at a top notch ceramics school she figured she should give it another try and signed up for a wheel class. Her teacher was a renowned sculptor who taught her to use the wheel as a tool for creating shapes and not take clay too seriously. Sara finished the course by making a large Ganesha sculpture from wheel thrown parts that made the sculpture students next door envious. After that she was hooked. Aside from some dabbling in a few other classes like existentialism and sound art she stuck to painting and ceramics for her Bachelors of Fine Art. This split her time between the ceramics department on the first floor where students would hide in room sized kilns to avoid the security guards and the painting studio where her space would get so messy that the studio tech would put a "THIS SPACE IS A HEALTH AND SAFTEY VIOLATION" in it at least once a semester. (Sorry about that, Hope!)
Upon graduating she returned home, rented a studio and started work at a childcare center. Eventually after taking over the after school program and working at the childcare center for six intense years she was able to quit and commit to creating things full time. She now lives and works with her second house rabbit from her local animal shelter (RIP Ressie Bun) and a small cat that she found on a cranberry farm.
Sara has attended Medalta International Artists Residency in Alberta, CA, Penland School of Crafts, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and the Women's Studio Workshop for residencies and workshops in ceramics. She also attended the Vermont Studio Center for a four week residency in painting. Vermont is where she was first encouraged to move beyond traditional painting stretcher bars and spent a lot of time talking about color and drinking whisky. Her work has been shown in various local galleries as well as venues in Canada, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York City.