Artist StatementA large part of what I make are small assemblages, which combine the illusionistic qualities of painting with found and fabricated objects. Sometimes these constructs border on being dioramas, which I enjoyed making as a kid. In fact, a lot of my work is inspired both by childhood memories and my experience as an art educator. One of the best things about being an art teacher is the sense of wonder that comes over a student as they learn something new. In this space, I really do think art is a little like a magic show. When I am in my studio, I try to create situations where that magic surfaces. One of the ways that I do this is by constantly experimenting with and combining a wide variety of materials and processes. These include, painting, performance, sculpture, installation, and more recently, animation. Although I am guided by certain interests, such as the home, loss, sentimentality, and craft culture, it is really the process of working with materials that inspires the content of my work. I make objects and create experiences that disrupt the way people think about a particular material. To this end, I strive to harness the tension between what the viewer knows the object to be and what I am asking of it; To give the viewer fresh eyes and the feeling of discovering something for the first time.
Sarah Eargle graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2010. As part of her undergraduate course work she studied at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. After graduation, Sarah worked as an art educator before returning to school full time to pursue her Masters of Fine Art. Since 2013, she has been a graduate student at Towson University, where she also teaches sculpture and printmaking and works as an instructor for the Community Art Center. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with award winning success.