I have an insatiable passion for art. Creating art is how I make sense of the world. I explore issues which are both personal and political, both local and global. This stems from my desire to understand what it might feel like to be someone else, to tap into a universal compassion, and to break down barriers that hinder connection.
Historically, textiles have been used for basic human needs: protection, warmth, survival, decoration and self-expression. We swaddle our newborns, on special occasions we don our best threads, and at life's end we wrap our deceased in cloth. Fabric is intimately human and inherently familiar. I build on this universal human connection to speak directly to other inherently human qualities: injustice, discrimination, fear, and also peace and beauty.
I balance my often-weighty subject matter with the simplicity of a running stitch, the beautiful curve of an unencumbered thread, the texture of a frayed edge, and sometimes the wash of watercolor or immediacy of a graphite line. These things bring me joy as I process the ever-changing world in which I live.
Born and raised in the farmlands of Illinois, Sara Rockinger’s path has led her nearly around the globe. After high School on a US Army base in Germany, her BA in International Relations took her to both Europe and Asia.
Settling is Colorado, she began a rigorous independent study of fiber art and surface design. Desiring total immersion, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiber from Colorado State University.
Using her sewing machine as a drawing and sculptural tool has rewarded Rockinger with much attention. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions, including the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., and has been published in Fiber Arts Magazine and the books Freestyle Machine Embroidery by Carol Shin and Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists by Andra Stanton.Rockinger attributes her passion for social justice issues, the dominant theme of her work, to her parents’ activism during her childhood and the Civil Rights Movement. In other words, she says, “I come by it naturally.”