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My work is about human relationships and the things we say and don’t say. Using a variety of media, I prod the motives and feelings that are often left unsaid but can weigh heavily on friendships, romantic relationships, and encounters with strangers. The works, intentionally open for speculation, have a suggestive quality, hinting at the situations from which they arise and calling on the viewer to engage with the subjects. With each new viewer, a new relationship is realized, the one between the viewer and the subjects.

In a world that depends increasingly on the technological, the digital, and the virtual, I am confounded by the social repercussions of these media and am committed to rebelling against that by embracing my reality as human, imperfect. My work is conceptual and handmade; it is about communicating ideas while never letting viewers forget the hand behind the mind. I use the naïve quality of my line to complement the content of my work. By omitting details and eschewing perfection, I am able to communicate ideas faster and more directly. Making and revising marks in Sharpie, ink, or drypoint doesn’t allow for total erasure. All of my mistakes are left on the page or wall, giving history to the pieces. The imperfections betray the process. My work reveals my obsessions with process and tactility, recording and remembrance.

 

EDUCATION:

2011 BA, Barnard College, New York, NY

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2017

Mama’s Birthday, Pantocrátor Gallery, Suzhou, China

2016

Saudade, National Parliamentary Library, Tblisi, Georgia; Renaissance Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Zakim Center, Boston, MA (collaboration with Karen Lee Sobol)

2015

This is Just to Say, Find & Form, Boston, MA

Only in Heaven, 282 East 7th Street, New York, NY

2014

New Works by Sara Zielinski, OKW, Boston, MA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2017

HOME, Hebrew Union College, New York, NY

The Nude in Print, Childs Gallery, Boston, MA

52 Mangers, NY (upcoming)

2016

We Like It So Much, Childs Gallery, Boston, MA

Ink Miami Art Fair, with Childs Gallery (Boston), Miami, FL

2015

The Annual Exhibition: Prints and Drawings, Childs Gallery, Boston, MA

18 Mangers, 282 East 7th Street, New York

USEA City Hall Exhibition, Scollay Square Gallery, Boston, MA

Ink Miami Art Fair, with Childs Gallery (Boston), Miami, FL

2014

Community Colors, Harriet Tubman Gallery, Boston, MA

Ink Miami Art Fair, with Childs Gallery (Boston), Miami, FL

Folk, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

Under the Influence of Fluxus, Mobius, Cambridge, MA

Fifth Annual Small Works Show, OKW, Boston, MA

30 Under 30, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA

Proof of Purchase, Samsøn Gallery, Boston, MA

Wish You Were Here 13, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012

Portrait Show: 32 Interpretations of the Portrait, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

Sweet Fuckups & Happy Accidents, Shoestring Press, Brooklyn, NY

Crest Fest 2012, Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center, Brooklyn, NY

6x6x2012, Rochester Center for Contemporary Art, Rochester, NY

Choices, 41 W 87, New York, NY

Spring Small Works Exhibition, Blick, New York, NY

Small Works Salon, The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

30 Under 30, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA

Proof of Purchase, Samsøn Gallery, Boston, MA

2011

The Expanded Print, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

Wish You Were Here 11, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

RESIDENCIES:

2017

Copy Shop Residency, Endless Editions, Newark, NJ

Pan Stage Artist in Residence, Pantocrátor Gallery, Suzhou, China

2016-2017

Artist in Residence, Inside Out Museum, Beijing, China

Artist in Residence, The Learning Project Elementary School, Boston, MA

 

PROJECTS:

2016

Artists for Political Sanity, founder and participating artist, across the United States

So Close to Home, Hallway Hijack, 66 Rockwell, Brooklyn, NY (collaboration with Abby Walworth, curated by Brooklyn Rail Curatorial Projects)

Teddy Bear Picnic, Carroll Park Barrels, Brooklyn, NY

Tekoá, Brooklyn, NY (collaboration with Connor Stankard)

What’s in a Label, PYPO.com

 

PRESS:

2016

Artists for Political Sanity: An Anti-Trump Artist Collective, by Taylor Dafoe, Blouin ArtInfo. 4 October 2016

Carroll Park “Trashed” by Local Artists, Pardon Me For Asking. 14 May 2016

Corridors of Power, by James S. Kunen, Columbia Magazine. September 2016

Rustavi 2. 24 March 2016 (television clip)

Saudade, Pirveli Arxi. 24 March 2016 (television clip)

2015

How Can I Show My Work If a Gallery Won’t?, by Sara Estes, Burnaway: The Voice of Art in the South. 7 September 2015

Art Talk: Sara Zielinski, by Richard Baiano, The StyleBoston Blog. 22 June 2015

Sara Zielinski Interviews Sara Zielinski, by Sara Zielinski, The Huffington Post Blog. 4 March 2015