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Re/Write

Acrylic, Ink, and Pencil on Wood, 2020

Warnings Installation

Large Scale Installation - Mixed Media

Warnings IV

Acrylic and Ink on Black paper, Wood, pencil, masking tape, penci, 2019

Making Space

Making Space

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About Sara

Baltimore City

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Pronouns: She/her/hers - Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Portland, Oregon, Sara Kaltwasser is a multidisciplinary artist, and community art educator. Sara uses painting, installation, assemblage, sculpture, research and performative process to create works that explore the confluence of education, history, and activism, the role of power in the classroom, and the aesthetics of knowledge. Further, Sara sees her teaching practice and community art engagement as an extension of her creative... more

C-19 Poems

As an educator, and a person deemed 'essential' in doing the work of elder engagement (non-clinical), much of my creative practice, especially in the beginning of the pandemic, was focused on attempting to capture how I was feeling. The confusion. The fear. Knowing the implications for my parents... knowing the risk for my siblings, all essential frontline workers... knowing that my place of work, and the folks I worked with, were especially vulnerable.

... I began through the process of exquisite poetry; pulling from books on my shelf. Most, non-fiction essays from the likes of Solnit and hooks.

As I continued to write, the textual elements became more personal. I began documenting my home, a place that I spent 12 weeks working from, while waiting to be called in for onsite work. When I was finally called back in during mid-May, I continued to document my experience through writings and photographs.

The work remains - in process.

  • Day 22

    Digital Photograph with Text, 2020
  • Day 23

    Digital Photograph with Text, 2020
  • Day 39

    Digital Photograph with Text, 2020
  • Day 36

    Digital Photograph with Text, 2020
  • Day 85

    Digital Photograph with Text, 2020
  • Day 55

    Digital Photograph with Text, 2020
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    Digital Photograph with Text, 2020
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    Digital Photograph with Text, 2020
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    Digital Photograph with Text, 2020

Frontline Histories

In this time of pandemic, we have seen what it means for people to rise in to roles of leadership.

…Not the kind of leadership that is about supervision, or power, or even some idea of success. But rather, a form of leadership that is about taking on the responsibility to care for another person. The kind of leadership that centers the humanity that we all share, and that reveals the better angels of our nature.

Frontline workers, nursing home workers, hospital cafeteria staff, cleaning crews, and more. They come to work everyday, at great personal risk to themselves in this current moment, because they know, this is what needs to happen... they are saving peoples lives. Not just through infection control, not just from contracting Covid-19, but from the isolation that takes hold as we stay separate, to stay safe.

Leadership isn't the grand gesture. It abounds in the moments of quiet compassion. It manifests even when you feel the existential fear of not knowing what the future will bring. I see this leadership in the countenance of my coworkers. I hear it in the voices of my sisters and brother.

They… are leaders.

Re/Write

What does work toward an equitable practice of education look like? How does the action of this work manifest in real time? For me, the work needed to change the future of education starts in the examination of histories untold, and the collective labor of all folks working to understand those histories. It also taking an active role to make sure the documentation of today reflects the accurate accounts of events in real time. Histories should be shared, and not the singular narrative of the oppressor.

The Myth - Painted Installation

The Myth is a painted installation consisting of 40 paintings, created in 40 days. Each panel is 12in x 15in and contains various scribbles and notes along with a depiction of one letter. The total scale of thw work is about 12ft x 5ft, and spells out the following: THE MYTH OF OUR GREATNESS WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

Warnings

The project, Warnings, explores the relationship between history, the influence of tyranny, and the role of complacency in not seeing/identifying the warning signs of such rhetoric's influence young minds.

Desk panels are adorned with illustrations and graffiti one would typically find on well-used school furniture. Each desk also contains a lined notebook paper of varying quality and functionality, as well as a pencil in a various state of use. As the panels progress, the desks become more damaged, and the paper and pencil become increasingly more limitied in their function.

Each paper contains repeated lines from a poem by Stephen Dobyns, Toward Som Bright Moment.
Each desk includes both random drawings as well as lines from On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder.

  • Warnings Installation

    Large Scale Installation - Mixed Media
  • Warnings I

    Warnings I
    Acrylic and Ink on Black paper, Wood, pencil, masking tape, penci, 2019
  • Warnings II

    Acrylic and Ink on Black paper, Wood, pencil, masking tape, penci, 2019
  • Warnings III

    Acrylic and Ink on Black paper, Wood, pencil, masking tape, penci, 2019
  • Warnings IV

    Acrylic and Ink on Black paper, Wood, pencil, masking tape, penci, 2019
  • Warnings V

    Acrylic and Ink on Black paper, Wood, pencil, masking tape, penci, 2019