Sarah Weiss was born in Glenview, IL in 1989. She got her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, with a concentration in Photography, and a minor in Hebrew Studies.
She has always had a love for photography. Throughout the years she has worked in portrait studios, completed internships with online magazines, and worked as an event photographer while also working full time in sales at multiple camera shops.
She finished her MFA in photography at Rochester Institute of Technology from the Imaging Arts program in 2016. Sarah’s artwork has been shown locally in the Twin cities, Rochester, NY Milwaukee, WI and internationally.
After receiving her MFA Sarah discovered a passion for teaching. Now working to revitalize the courses at local camera stores National Camera Exchange. While also creating workshop courses at the local Praxis Photographic Arts Center. Sarah shares her passion for the fine arts and historical processes within photography. In her own work she combines her own processes with fiber arts and the installation format to create experiential works of art.
For the past 15 years, I have been a visual artist working in photography and fiber arts. By experimenting with different substrates and instillation techniques within photography I’ve created works of art that are representative of my personal histories. Photographing atmosphere, transient interior spaces, landscapes and, disconnected portraits come together in nonlinear narratives. My work is about relationships, family, home and are explorations of how we create personal narratives. I use film photography as my medium of choice because the quality of light speaks to the subtleties of the relationships that I photograph. My work is influenced by emotional ties to family ideals of home and what that means in today’s reality. As a result, my images often reference themes like place, identity, family and home. Having a quite quality that contemplates my own personal histories my photographic practice is very meditative, reflective and therapeutic while also looking at the collective experiences and observations that individuals share.
The images themselves depict emotions of searching and traversing the emotional and physical distance between the observer and the subjects. Images of landscapes and atmospheric light interrupt narratives to suggest moments of desired escape of emotional realities.
Photography has always been a means of processing and accessing emotions I cannot represent in words. Creating visuals has always been a way to access the emotions I to bury inside. By accessing this raw emotion, a collective experience is more easily drawn upon within the personal narrative.
My art has traversed many different mediums. I enjoy mixing mediums to express emotion and imagination from childhood and memories. Utilizing different mediums like fabric and embroidery allow my work to experience the magic of imagination.