Sarah Irvin

Richmond, Virginia, USA


Annotated breastmilk, produced by a Berea College Student Parent - The Department of Human Capital, 2018


Above: The Rockingchair series (2014-15) , Infinate House Textures (2017), The Carpet Transfer Series. (2014-15)


Sarah Irvin received a BFA from the University of Georgia (2008) and an MFA from George Mason University (2016). Her work has been featured in international exhibits and conferences on feminist theory and practice and in numerous solo exhibitions. She is included in the collection of organizations including Capital One, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the University of Richmond. 

Irvin is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Va. In 2015, Irvin founded the digital humanities project, Artist Parent Index, a searchable database of artists, exhibits, and resources exploring reproduction and caretaking.


Silver Spoon, sterling silver, 2016.


"I work to produce visual knowledge about reproduction, caretaking, gender, and the body. I employ my lived experience as a female sexuate being to traverse the space between embodied experiences and the societal attribution of gender roles. By responding to the biological act of bearing an infant and the expected commitment to care for a child, I seek to open up the dialog about how these concepts and actions shape the individual performing them and how the individual can rewrite definitions of “mother.” I use physical actions of caretaking for my child to directly produce marks on a page and the material of the home as a mark-making tool and visual language.  The practice engages “care” to distill 


it downto an aesthetic language that explores the gap between the material and the social as a tool for producing new potential futures. The work of caretaking, and therefore my studio practice, inherently includes other individuals. Because of this, my practice highlights the often ignored reality of the greater social structure enmeshed with the traditionally isolated concept of mother and child. Through visualizing my endless becoming into a “mother,” the ongoing project rewrites social and cultural concepts of caretaking." 


Photographs of Allen Eye Chart Images: Cyanotype Impressions, 2017

Photographs of Allen Eye Chart Images: Cyanotype Impressions, 2017


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