My art, maybe all art, is an exploration of the self.
I address issues which are both personal and political, both local and global. Creating art is how I make sense of the world; It stems from my need to understand what it might be like to be someone else.
My choice of fabric and thread is conceptually deliberate. Textiles are intimately human. We have created them for protection, for warmth, for survival, for decoration. My use of textiles underscores the common humanity in my subject matter in effort to subdue another human invention, the idea of "us" and "them."
To balance my often weighty subject matter, I look to nature for balance and solace. The immediacy of the drawn line, the wash of watercolor, and even the unencumbered curve of a loose thread brings me joy which I hope to share with my audience. As a wise teacher once said to me, "Even beauty can make a statement."
Sara Rockinger’s roots are in the Mid-western United States and her passion is international.
Born and raised in the farmlands of Illinois, her 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. Landing is Colorado, she began a rigorous independent study of fiber art and surface design through local resources. 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.”
Press & Resources
Sara's work has been featured nationally and internationally, including
the Textile Museum in Washington DC.
Fox News, Phoenix, AZ
Fiber Arts Magazine, Surface Design Journal,
Freestyle Machine Embroidery by Carol Shin and
Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists by Andra Stanton,
Feel free to drop me a line.
I love talking about art, and am happy to answer questions, share tips, and even sell you an original.