About the Artist
Sarah Morrison is an Artist and Social Worker based in New England. Ecology, social issues, organic shapes and natural colors inspire her art while her art-making process is playful and experimental. Sarah studied Studio Arts and English Literature at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. Her graduate studies at Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City focused on Social Policy and Community Organizing. Sarah was awarded the Amy Watkins Scholarship, the Child Welfare Fund Fellowship and the Leopold Schepp Fellowship for her commitment to social justice and facilitating positive social change through the arts.
As a Social Worker, Sarah concentrates on the overlapping issues of homelessness, poverty, health and affordable housing. Her artwork is informed by the transient, temporal beauty of daily life and the interplay between humans, the natural world and our man-made environment, including social and political issues. Her approach to art making is spontaneous, experimental and experiential. Throughout her career, she has combined the arts with social justice work. She coordinated art programs in shelters, public housing and public schools for over a decade in New York City, helping to make the arts accessible to audiences outside the traditional reach of museums and galleries.
Sarah works abstractly using printmaking, drawing, painting, and collage. Most of her current work is printmaking completed without a press, using gelatin plates and plexiglass for monotypes and monoprints. She embraces the unique mark-making intrinsic to the printmaking process, layering colors, shapes and imagery to create prints with a textured, painterly quality. Each monoprint is unique, like a painting. Sarah reuses everyday objects, including plastic lids, mailing envelopes, discarded plastic and paper packaging, to make marks and create stencils for her prints. Her artwork is inspired by the shapes and colors of the natural world yet is created using detritus that disturbs our ecology’s complex beauty--a way of creatively disrupting refuse’s process of destruction.
Sarah's work is available at 13Forest Gallery and she has exhibited her work in the Boston area at 13Forest Gallery, Bromfield Gallery, Gallery Twist, Belmont Gallery of Art, Concord Center for the Visual Arts, and others.
Sarah maintains a small home studio and works in local printmaking studios whenever possible. She consults on homelessness intervention and collaboration for collective impact as well as teaching Macro Social Work and Social Policy to Social Work graduate students. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with her husband, two young sons, and one adorable dog.