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Sarah Marshal

Artist Statement

Through my work, I explore the gulf between two experiences of the world; one presented daily to the senses, the other an unseen collection of belief, imagination, and memory. I position these experiences together not to resolve them, but to consider the relationship between them. I seek to make visible the invisible; the spaces between objects and events, and our awkwardness in describing them, are the subtext of my work.

My prints and drawings reference the physical world through plant forms, animal forms, and the figure. Manipulated text, language, and translation, suggest the complexities of human thought and behavior. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes abrupt, the work ranges from diagrammatic line drawings to elaborate, decorative elements. I cut apart and recombine source images, abstracting them through simplification, repetition, and layering. Layers may contradict each other or work together, linking the internal and external worlds.

Repetition is at the heart of printmaking, but my attraction to the multiple comes from the possibility of infinite variation as much as infinite repeatability. Forms recur in my work suggesting narrative or, simply, movement through time. This recurrence also shows how an image changes as it is transposed into different media. I am more concerned with similarity than with sameness, and a varied family of related images often replaces the edition in my studio practice.


The daughter of a reference librarian and a composer, Sarah Marshall grew up near Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992 and, in 1999, her Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Iowa. Influenced by interests such as language, reading and book objects, architecture, and biological science, Sarah focuses on the processes of printmaking and drawing. Her works on paper show organic forms that become portraits and characters; repeated in various environments, these characters examine our ideas about decision-making and the ways we treat each other. Sarah is currently employed as an Associate Professor of Art at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Between Here and There

This work explores flight as a metaphor for escape, belief, longing, and growth. The winged creatures that populate these images exist in a state of flux. As they change their skins, losing and gaining attributes, they demonstrate the fragility and impermanence of the self and the many ways we respond to our environment.

  • Sarah Marshal doing a demo on plate lithography
    Sarah Marshal doing a demo on plate lithography
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  • Sarah Marshal processing a litho plate
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  • Sarah marshal explaining the process of plate lithography
    Sarah marshal explaining the process of plate lithography
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  • Final prints
    Final prints
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