Exploring issues pertaining to her identity as a Peruvian American artist, Sarah Zapata’s work examines the appropriation of value within processes and objects that deal with imagery of the feminine, the fetishized and the handmade. She uses common materials such as yarn, ubiquitous objects, fabrics and paper to create a body of work steeped in tradition, systems of control, labor and cultural relevance.
In the Artist Studios, Zapata works with broad fields of color that serve a narrative function sculpturally. These color fields are created through weaving, cutting, sewing and latch hooking to reference the arpilleras made almost exclusively by women during guerilla occupation in Peru.
Zapata received her BFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas. She currently has an installation on view at El Museo del Barrio, and has participated in several residency programs. For more information please visit her website: www.sarah-zapata.com