Sarah Holden received her MFA in Studio Art with a focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her BFA in Crafts/Material Studies and Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah has presented as a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and taught as a Metals Instructor for The Penland School of Crafts, The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center and Northeastern Illinois University. Sarah’s limited production jewelry can be found at several craft galleries across the US. Sarah currently lives in Chicago where she works as a studio artist, metals instructor and mama.

My work investigates how female identity is constructed and performed through the body. The female body as site and content for my work yields series in sculpture, drawing and limited-production jewelry. As content, expectations about the bodies of women are often set for them, with shame placed for falling outside these guidelines. I source and celebrate imagery of women and bodies that rebel against these expectations. Working inside this contested space I use traditional and non-traditional craft techniques to challenge these expectations by creating a role reversal through material. All of my sculpture and jewelry are created using some combination of steel and fiber. I set this guideline for myself as a challenge: if steel
represents the masculine and fiber represents the feminine, how can I reverse their expected gender associations and challenge the status quo? As site, the immediacy of presenting the work on the body in the format of jewelry allows me to provide a direct connection to the politicized body the work explores.

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Baltimore Jewelry Center
10E North Ave, Suite 130
Baltimore, MD
Equinox Gallery
418 Villita Street Building #4
San Antonio, TX
Heidi Lowe Gallery
328 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE
KoT Contemporary Craft
192 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME
Lillstreet Gallery
4401 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL
Ombre Gallery
4011A Allston Street
Cincinnati, OH
Penland Gallery
3135 Conley Ridge Road
Penland, NC
Quirk Gallery
207 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA