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CSA Artist Spotlight: Sarah West

The Artspace CSA is a great way to buy local and support artists. Six Artspace member artists have been selected to participate in our second annual CSA. Each will produce a series of 40 works of art; the resulting 2017 CSA collection will contain one work of art from each artist. Find out more about each of the participating CSA artists in this series.

How long have you been a member?

I was awarded a Regional Emerging Artist in Residence position in January 2012. I became an official Artspace Artist Member in July 2012.

How and when did you know you were an artist? 

I grew up learning about art, making it and appreciating it’s value in the world. I did not think of myself as an artists until recently when I began to dedicate a majority of my time to my practice.

Tell us about your artistic process.

I usually have an idea in mind but oftentimes, my work is produced spontaneously as I use my torch to create three dimensional steel sculptures. I am fascinated by the way line and shadow overlap and by the way my pieces change when viewed from different angles.

What can collectors expect from your contribution?

CSA shareholders will receive a piece from my newest series titled “Steel, Shadow, Sketch”, a sculptural work for the wall that measures 6 x 6 inches and has a retail value of $100.

What does being a part of the CSA mean to you? 

I feel the Community Supported Art project is a great way to introduce the public to a curated sample of art at an affordable price while both promoting Artspace and the artists involved. I love the idea of producing a series that will be part of a larger collection. The CSA is mutually beneficial, I get to make the work I love making and get it out there in the world. The CSA is also a fundraiser for Artspace, a place that has fostered my development as an artist for the past 5 years.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? 

Through my participation with the Artspace CSA project, I have already been able to push my artistic practice in a new direction and to step outside of my current studio practice to play with concepts on a smaller scale and explore new shapes and ideas.

Tell us something about yourself that may surprise people:

When I was 23 years old, I solo-hiked the Long Trail which runs the length of Vermont from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border. The total length is about 270 miles, 100 of which is part of the Appalachian Trail. When I say solo-hiked, I mean that I started out alone but the trail has many hikers on it and I seldom camped alone. By the last week of the journey, I was hiking with a group of 6 other Long Trail Hikers.


About Brett Morris

Brett is the Programs Assistant at Artspace, Inc. He graduated from NC State University in 2013 with a BA in Art + Design and has years of experience in helping to run a summer arts program, having been a counselor and a coordinator at the Design Camp at CAM Raleigh and NCSU. He is also a skilled photographer, graphic designer, screen printer, and has organized and installed exhibitions.

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