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About

Sarah Mark received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seattle Pacific University, where she majored in Clothing and Textiles and minored in art. She also received an Associates's Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for fashion design. She spent the first decade of her career in Los Angeles, CA, designing women's high fashion sportswear. Since moving to Detroit in 2012, she has expanded her love for fibers into new areas including fine art, installation, and clothing design. Her dedication to ethical design informs her work as she uses almost entirely repurposed materials.  

She has exhibited her work throughout Southeast Michigan at Live Coal Gallery, Scarab Club, Detroit Artists Market, and Sidewalk Festival.  She also enjoys collaborating with her husband, Billy Mark, who is a performance artist.  

 

She and Billy are deeply invested in their community and together they run the Neighborhood Arts House, dedicated to offering affordable arts programming to folks in their neighborhood.  Through the Neighborhood Arts House, Sarah founded Asmara Design, a fashion design education program dedicated to empowering young aspiring designers in Detroit.

PAST PROJECTS

EMMA HOPE

36" x 28'

fabric, vinyl, thread

2009-2015

 

Birth of a new beginning

Repetitive motions carve new pathways

The healing journey deepens

The grief of a life deceased 

From a swift choice

One day of 3700 souls

Float from one reality to the next

Once invisible, now reflecting the glory of the Creator

Beloved Child

Hope

If you'd like to read more about the story behind this work, please visit my blog page. 

Elohim (Full)
Elohim (Full)

Elohim (detail)
Elohim (detail)

Elohim (Full)
Elohim (Full)

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ELOHIM

30” x 72”

Fabric, thread, wood, metal

2017

 

Genesis 1:1-2

 “ In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Emma Hope (full)
Emma Hope (full)

Emma Hope (detail)
Emma Hope (detail)

Emma Hope (full)
Emma Hope (full)

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CURRENT PROJECTS

El Bebito (full)
El Bebito (full)

El Bebito (detail)
El Bebito (detail)

El Bebito (full)
El Bebito (full)

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EL BEBITO

52” diameter

Foam, tyvek, repurposed materials

2019

 

An unexpected find

In an unexpected place

Years of target practice salvaged from the trash

A week of creating among sisters

Treasures from Mexico

Layers of Epiphany revealed

 

Isaiah 53: 5 

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.”

If you'd like to read more about the story behind this work, please visit my blog page. 

FOR THOU ART WITH ME

During the coronavirus quarantine, I was inspired by the Noh theatre style of storytelling through costume, sound, and slow, methodical movement.  I created a mask and robe inspired by Saint Margery Kempe and on Holy Saturday I walked down the alley behind my house in Detroit.  

 

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

 

Psalm 23:4 “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.”

If you'd like to read more about the story behind this work, please visit my blog page. 

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DAILY DRAWING MEDITATIONS

The act of drawing is foundational work for my practice where my mind has time to wander and simultaneously sink deeper into scripture reading.  This summer I embarked on a 40-day journey with my husband and neighbors called “Motus Divina”.  We gathered in our side yard each morning and evening to engage in a form of embodied prayer uniting our bodies, voices, and ears to the words of Isaiah 58, 59, 60, and 61.  From those experiences, I developed a daily drawing routine to further ponder the nature around us as well as the daily scripture.  A collection of 80 drawings came out of that 40-day practice and I hope to continue a similar pattern of drawing meditations into my ongoing art practice.

Unity
Unity

Withering Glory
Withering Glory

Unity
Unity

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UNITY COLLECTION

After nearly a decade working as a designer in the fashion industry, my life took a turn and it’s almost been another decade that I have been making art and also have been a stay at home mom.  It took me years to be able to even call myself an “artist” and to unwind all the years of designing things for a functional purpose to sell in a particular market.  I always imagined maybe a day would come when I could figure out how to merge my two loves of clothing design and art.  I am in the process of creating a 25 piece collection of wearable pieces that merge my two loves.  I desire to showcase this collection in way that is not a typical “fashion show”, but to collaborate with other artists to create a beautiful experience for the viewer that tells a story.  If you’re interested in collaborating or donating materials, please see the tithe page for more details.

ART AT THE MONASTERY

My husband and I are regular patrons to a local monastery set in the lovely woods of Michigan, 45 minutes outside of Detroit.  This special place has become like a second home for us and also many other members of our community.  Time there is filled with rest, reflection, and chanting the Psalms with the monks who reside there. 

 

The monastery recently finished a new building addition to the property and asked if I would help curate art for the empty white walls.  I am currently working on creating a self-guided “art tour” for visitors who come to the monastery to be able to view all of the amazing art that has been donated to the monastery over the years and to also engage with rotating exhibits of contemporary art.  Much of the donated art is the Orthodox style of painting icons, which is rich in church history and symbolism.  I have been studying and researching these paintings in an effort to put together a tour that is historically significant to the Christian church, to the history of the monastery, as well as spiritually engaging to the viewer in the present.

Clairmount Studios Duplex
Clairmount Studios Duplex

Making Up Songs!
Making Up Songs!

Clairmount Studios Opening
Clairmount Studios Opening

Clairmount Studios Duplex
Clairmount Studios Duplex

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NEIGHBORHOOD ART SCHOOL / 

ASMARA DESIGN

My husband and I are two years into the process of developing a Neighborhood Art School in collaboration with some other artists in our neighborhood of Detroit.  We’ve hosted multiple art & music shows, clothing design classes, and music classes. I am focusing on developing the Asmara Design part of the school and he is focusing on the Music School.  Please visit the tithe page to learn more.