Art historian and curator Mario Caro interviews visual artist Sarah Sense about her trajectory from her home in the Chitimacha reservation in Louisiana, USA to her academic life in New York, and how it lead to discovering a new path in Contemporary Indigenous Art.

Sarah Sense is a visual artist who uses digital photographic processes to create twodimensional and three-dimensional works that are primarily executed through weaving images that integrate journals, familial archives, landscape photography, and found imagery. Sense is from Sacramento, California and currently lives in Connemara, Ireland. She received a BFA from California State University Chico (2003), and a MFA from Parsons the New School for Design, New York (2005). She was the Director and Curator of the American Indian Community House Gallery (AICH Gallery), New York (2005-2007) where she catalogued the gallery’s thirty-year history. She has curated exhibitions for AMERINDA, AICH Gallery, and Citigroup New York. Her Chitimacha basket weaving technique became her main artistic practice after asking for permission from the Chitimacha Tribal Chairman, Alton LeBlanc (2004). 

Mario A. Caro is a researcher, curator, and instructor of contemporary Indigenous art. His research topics include the representation of Indigenous cultures within the museum; the visual production of an “aesthetics of nostalgia” within photographic practices; art historical methodologies and the production of colonial discourses; and, most recently, essentialism and Native art practices. He has also curated various national and international exhibitions and was the curator of exhibitions at Alaska House, New York in Soho.

Chitimacha Reservation - Lousiana, USA ©

Sarah Sense

Underwater Woods at Chitimacha Reservation
Underwater Woods at Chitimacha Reservation ©

Sarah Sense

Sarah Sense - Galeria Instalation ©

Sarah Sense

Sarah Sense working in Denver, Colorado - 2013
Sarah Sense working in Denver, Colorado - 2013 ©

Sarah Sense

Sarah Sense - Santiago Studio
Sarah Sense - Santiago Studio ©

Sarah Sense

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