Sarah West

My work resides at the intersection of jewelry and sculpture. I am inspired by the open lattice work of bridges and electric towers, the internal architecture of buildings as well as maps and trajectory patterns. By overlapping line and shadow with color fields and imagery I create diagrams of emotional landscapes that expose the underlying geography of memory and history. My works are maps of the places we have been in our lives, in our dreams as well as where we are going in our future. My work expresses the embodied fragility and strength of the human psyche. I am interested in how we impress upon our surroundings and how they impress upon us. Like the power lines that intersect the horizon, my jewelry and sculptures are architectural landscapes that interact with body and space.

Infrastructure Bracelet 2014, steel, brass

Sarah West Received a BFA in Metal Design , Magna Cum Laude, from East Carolina University and a certificate in Jewelry Making and Repair from North Bennet Street School.

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Sarah has shown in numerous exhibitions including Ferrous at Velvet Da Vinci; Splurge at Equinox Gallery, and Metal at Light Art and Design. Her work will be featured in the upcoming books New Earrings and Behind the Brooch. In 2011, West was honored with a Niche Student Award in the Conceptual Jewelry/Art to Wear category. In 2012, Sarah completed the Artspace Regional Emerging Artist Residency in Raleigh, NC and she received the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Grant. Currently, she maintains a studio space in Raleigh, NC at Artspace and is a jewelry instructor at
Pullen Arts Center.