Sarah Fetterman is a multi-media artist who has exhibited her work in prominent institutions throughout the country. “Vertebrae” was initially exhibited at Seattle Center before coming to the Sculpture Forest. The sculpture was inspired by a section of elk vertebrae she encountered in a forest. The elk bones evoked a memory of the entire animal, not still alive yet not fully gone, either. Sarah sees the sculptural vertebrae as the body of a dream, never fully complete but never fully lost – a fragment of memory that alludes to the rest of a colossal backbone that existed in the past or perhaps only as an image of what might be but has not fully materialized.
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
This aerial sculpture was conceptualized when Sarah happened upon a section of elk vertebrae in the woods. The elk bones evoked the memory of the whole animal – not alive, yet not fully gone. There was a beauty in the white bones against the underbrush with their abrupt beginning and end.
Sarah sees the sculptural vertebrae as the body of a dream, never fully complete but never fully lost – a fragment of memory that alludes to the rest of a colossal backbone that existed in the past or perhaps only as an image of what might be but has not fully materialized. The hollow framework of bones suggesting, but never having supported a living body, suspending us between future and past.
ABOUT THE SCULPTOR
Sarah was born in San Francisco CA and is now a Seattle-based artist. She attended Bennington College and the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Her work has been shown in museums and galleries, including the Frye Art Museum, Seattle Center, Freeway Park, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), and Port Angeles Sculpture Center. She was an Artist in Residence at Bellevue College, where she worked on creating a large site-specific sculpture in the college gallery choreographed with dancers. Sarah was also a Visiting Artist at Bennington College. Her previous residencies include Franconia Sculpture Park (where she built a 15-foot kinetic, rideable sculpture), Cornish College of the Art’s Incubator Residency, the Vermont Studio Center, and Xochi Quetzal. She also has shows scheduled at the Bainbridge Art Museum and new public artwork for the city of Shoreline.
Sarah has worked for world renowned artists such as Ginny Ruffner and John Grade, for whom she has led large-scale installations at venues including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, and Arte Sella Sculpture Park in Northern Italy. She is also the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the 2017 GAP Grant and 2018 City Artist Grant.