Sarah Rohlack is a ceramic artist who graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Studying art in college gave her the opportunity to develop a personal vocabulary and voice through art. College has also afforded her freedom to travel, having received several scholarships.
Sarah was awarded residencies and work-study grants at both Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, and Arrowmont School of Crafts in Tennessee. She later traveled to the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado where she received a scholarship to take a workshop with SunKoo Yuh.
After growing up in a small town, moving to a big city to further her education, and traveling around the States Sarah, has developed an appreciation for both the peaceful solitude the never ending mountain ranges can provide and while admiring the peaceful side of nature Sarah loves the fast paced life of urban environments.
My work is about the need for internal growth and satisfaction while living in a constantly changing environment. The primitive, aged surface texture and sack like forms in my work are influenced by cellular structures that produce change or allow for transportation of nutrients with in one’s own body.
I utilize clay to create a textural surface that appears as though it is living and changing, representing the beauty of the transformation I see in the internal, cellular environment of our bodies.
When creating my work I think about experiences that have shaped my decisions and how my journey through life will provide many more opportunities to grow. I look at growth as one of the many steps in the bumpy process of transformation that brings me down when it tears me away from a comfortable place and then builds me back up when I adapt. The compositions I create to show that the internal process of life may appear grotesque but the viewer must remember that life starts with innocence and ends with deep understanding.