Monday, January 21, 2013

Sarah Hearn: Mimicking Symbiotic Organisms

See Sarah Hearn’s Residency artist video profile here

Sarah Hearn

Concept/OK Residency 
Project Statement: Symbiotic Cooperation
Lichens are unusual composite organisms that exist only through symbiotic partnerships between fungi and alga or cyanobacteria. Taking my cue from this collaborative gestalt, Symbiotic Cooperationexplores the power and impact of collaboration with other people and is dependent on public participation. Lichens have been collected and submitted internationally. Each sample received has been: identified, described, scanned, photographed, drawn by hand and added to the display. The display will change as discoveries are made and new lichens added. Upon the exhibition’s completion, these samples will become publicly accessible for future study at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Oxley Nature Center herbariums.

Sarah Hearn is a full-time artist living and working in Oklahoma City.  Her work is idea-driven by a multitude of scientific theories. As the artist states, “science is always transforming our idea about the world and the reality in which we live.  We live in a time where science renders humanity as more and more insignificant.” Hearn received her MFA in 2010 from Rochester Institute of Technology and her BFA in 2001 from the College of Santa Fe. 

Read more in this Art Focus Oklahoma magazine article or in previous posts here and here. The Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma exhibition welcomes the public until February 16, 2013 at the new Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council’s Hardesty Arts Center. See for more information. 

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