Born on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Sarah Paul is now an artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BS in Mathematics from the University at Albany, and MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo, before swimming west along the southern coast of Lake Erie. After stopping to rest, mesmerized by the flaming smokestacks, she wandered inland and fell in love and lust with the smokestacks, the city, and the lake. Sarah is making work that embraces and celebrates this lush rusty belt. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions and performances include the Front Yard at Burchfield Penney Art Center, SPACES Gallery, Sculpture Center Cleveland, MOCA Cleveland, Albright-Knox Gallery, UB Art Gallery, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art; her video work has been screened around the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, Sarah was generously supported by a Creative Workforce Fellowship granted from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio. Sarah is presently an Associate Professor and Chair of Sculpture and Expanded Media at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
I am a cross disciplinary artist focusing on the intersection of popular culture, fine art and social action. I strive to balance sociopolitical content with compelling visual structure. My videos, installations and performances integrate infectious vocal melody, luscious moving images, humor, and maximal theatrical spectacle. Much of my work derives from an outrageous narrative I’ve concocted in order to explore a marginalized subject. I am always rooting for the underdog. In the past I have supported such underdogs as fat ladies, genderqueers, and the mentally ill. At the moment, my underdog is Cleveland.