Sarah Mihara Creagen
On view May 3-10, 2019
Opening reception: May 3rd, 7PM-9PM
Location: Hercules Art/Studio Program 25 Park Place, 3rd floor, NYC
Organized by Sujung Chang and Pablo Diaz
Coming out of a comic/zine diary background, personal narrative is the driving force within Sarah Mihara Creagen’s practice.
Creagen’s drawings and sculpture come out of personal experiences with Pap smears, speculums, and sexual encounters wearing knee braces. The content is filtered through her identity as a queer, cis-woman with mixed race Japanese heritage. Creagen makes personal work describing her and her younger sister’s fluctuating experiences of health, connected to irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and chronic knee injuries.
In Bawdy Talk, Creagen uses visual puns and potty humour to discuss sexual health, sex, and consent. Creagen depicts bodies hanging out on the toilet, chatting, reading, and living. Creagen has spent a lot of time on the toilet over the years, in fact, the toilet is where she learned to read. Specifically, learning to read from Archie Comics. The chastity belt makes appearances in Bawdy Talk; Creagen is currently exploring their historical and visual references within medieval history, North American history, and their appearance within BDSM culture.
Born in Nova Scotia, Sarah Mihara Creagen is a white passing mixed-race queer artist currently living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Hunter College in 2018. She was the recipient of the Kossak Travel grant which enabled her and her sister to travel to Japan in 2018. She has exhibited work in Toronto and New York, and has an upcoming solo show in fall 2019 at Articule Gallery in Montreal. Sarah recently had a solo exhibition in SPRING/BREAK (New York) and is a 2018/2019 Queer|Art Fellow working with Neil Goldberg.