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Sarah Bliss

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All the King's Horses, 2009 Salvaged Materials, Steel Piping, Water 10' X 17' X 10' © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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All the King's Horses (detail), 2009. Salvaged Materials, Steel Piping, Water 10' X 17' X 10' © 2009
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All the King's Horses (detail), 2009 Salvaged Materials, Steel Piping, Water 10' X 17' X 10' © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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May Cause Flash Fires, 2009 Cardboard Boxes, Shrinkwrap, Inkjet Print 84" X 19" X 14"
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Made in China, 2009 Cardboard Boxes; Plastic Strapping; Oil on Plexiglas; Paint Can; Duct Tape and Metal on Wood. 32" X 46" X 10.5" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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Lightbox, 2009 Dolly, Wood, Cardboard Boxes, Wooden Crates, Oil and Enamel on Plexiglas, Clamp Light. 74" X 36" X 23" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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Lightbox (closeup of the illuminated lightbox), 2009 Dolly, Wood, Cardboard Boxes, Wooden Crates, Oil and Enamel on Plexiglas, Clamp Light. 74" X 36" X 23" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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Lightbox (A view through the slats toward the illuminated painting) , 2009 Dolly, Wood, Cardboard Boxes, Wooden Crates, Oil and Enamel on Plexiglas, Clamp Light. 74" X 36" X 23" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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Clean + Wrap, 2009 Wooden Pallet; Milk Crates; Plastic Trays; Ink on Paper. 71.5" X 42" X 48"
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AA7, 2009 Shrinkwrap and Bubblewrap on Stretchers 20" X 20" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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AA6 (in southern light, from the west), 2009 Shrinkwrap and Bubblewrap on Wooden Stretchers. 52" X 45" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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AA2, 2009 Shrinkwrap and Bubblewrap on Wooden Stretcher. 10" X 10" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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Time/Light (AA5), 2009 Archival Inkjet Print. 24.75" X 12.25" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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AA4, 2009 Shrinkwrap on Birch Panel 42" X 15" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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PCE 2, 2009 Salvaged Materials Variable © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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PCE 1, 2009 Salvaged Materials 24" X 50" X 1" © 2009 Sarah Bliss
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Washington, D.C.
Lives in
Montague, MA
Representing galleries
Tags
found-object, mixed-media, installation, photography, abstract, conceptual, sculpture
Statement

My work investigates the overlap and interplay between the worlds of industry, commerce, and the arts through exploring the dynamics of the built environment and systems of commercial, industrial, cultural, and social exchange.  I'm particularly interested in exposing the complete trajectory of material resource, and in making physical contact with the complex issues of management and disposal of objects and their packaging, along with their processing equipment and supplies.

The materiality of the object is of central importance in my work, and the materials I work with are chosen for both their associative meanings and their aesthetic potential.   I am particularly interested in the role of packaging as both a manipulator of consumer desire and a signifier of absence or not-having.  Likewise, I explore the nature of shipping materials (particularly shrink wrap and bubblewrap) as membranes that are considered valuable only in their ability to protect and contain the central objects of  value.  I investigate the reversal that happens when these materials shed their role as wrappers of other objects and instead lay full claim to their nature as the primary object of value.  In this exploration, qualities of inside/outside, reflectivity, and  presence/absence are particularly emphasized.