Sarah Muehlbauer's work defies categorization as much as she defies adversity, dancing between aesthetic and athletic disciplines as an artist, writer, and performer. Whether giving stirring form to feelings that might only be expressed through the intensity of circus spectacle, to the quiet everyday-resistance against a drab world with her wearables, her words and work are equal parts meditation and prayer... that art, hard work, and perseverance are the best defense against life's hardships.
While Sarah’s work began as a solo exploration of chronic illness and the surrounding environment, it is shaped largely by multimedia collaboration. Projects challenge widespread expectations concerning personal integrity, representation, and the facets of disability that remain unseen. Sarah is a Wisconsin-born, Philadelphia-based artist, an alumni of Tyler School of Art and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Major works include “Things That Survived The Winter” (ongoing); “Wind At My Back” (2012); “Specter Animalia (2010); and solo show “A House For Birds” (2014).
My work as an artist positions the body and environment as poetic mirrors for one another. I look for everything that can’t be articulated in words. Textiles and movement are the perfect media to demonstrate layers of symbolic meaning in everyday life. I love both the common and the strange. I am interested in humankind’s most humble places of finding themselves... alone on a stage, surrounded by others, standing and lying, running and writhing, climbing to great heights and falling down.