My work explores questions about life processes and investigates nature and its interaction with human life. Pieces use components of life normally taken for granted and brings them to the forefront of the viewer’s focus, introducing themes of identity, relationships, and vitality. For instance, an investigation into a tree’s rings shows the direct relationship to the human fingerprint; a marker of identification, among many other things, in our society. Ideas of unity surface when small materials are amassed, repeated, and transformed to construct a larger cohesive whole. The natural materials I utilize are organically built in a similar fashion. Dissect a tree; the detail in its bark, the curves of its limbs, the grain of its wood, the rings of its trunk; the endless possibilities of finding beauty in unexpected places such as these are what inspires me to create art.
I create through the act of experimentation, both in material selection and in process. Dissecting varied natural elements gives me the opportunity to explore each element in depth. Rather than depicting objects exactly as they appear in nature, I fashion pieces that depict the abnormal, often juxtaposing dichotomies between the viewer’s preconceived notions and the reality of what is presented. Working this way allows viewers to explore their own ideas in response to the work and to delve deeper in search of a personal meaning. At times, I offer the viewer to join me in the creative process; by working collaboratively and sharing my process with communities, I study art through the eyes of others. I strive for my art to create questions, demand answers, and open dialogues.
Sarah Langsam was raised in South Orange, NJ, an artistic-minded community outside of NYC. Langsam originally aspired to become a graphic designer but found her true passion in sculpting while attending the University of Delaware where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013. The artist currently resides in Bradley Beach, NJ.
Langsam has exhibited across the country, and her organic material arrangements won her first place in In/Finite Earth, an exhibition sponsored by the Kennedy Center and displayed at The Smithsonian’s Ripley Center. This past year the artist spent four months in residence at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN, where she installed two large-scale public sculptures, one in which she collaborated with youth in the community. Most recently Langsam was selected to travel with a group of artists to Israel to be part of the Daroma Arts Festival.
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