Muehlbauer was chosen as the VSA Arts National Emerging Young Artist in 2008, a prize for artists working with disability under the age of 25. Her work in sculptural costume, video and performance was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution's S. Dillon Ripley Center, and more recently at the Kennedy Center Hall of Nations, celebrating the VSA 25/40 exhibit and anniversary.
Sarah's work weaves a story of the human body's vulnerability, met with its unexpected strength, grace, and humor. Her fascination with the ephemeral body is uniquely informed through the experience of chronic illness and the intensively disciplined training of gymnastics, yoga, and aerial arts -- practices that have helped her to manage illness since her youth. Herstory breaks the mold of what "disability" looks like, and challenges viewers to consider preconceptions about what it means to adapt, to care, and to be at home in an imperfect human body.
MFA Tyler School of Art
BFA University of Wisconsin-Madison
AWARDS: The Haven Foundation Grant. Artist in Residency at Thirdspace, Penasco Theatre, and Funicular Station. Cultural Journalist in Residence at Circus Stories at Montreal Completement Cirque. Internship with Circa Contemporary Circus. VSA Arts EYA Grand Prize.
When I chose to be an artist, I did so feeling there was something “inexpressible” yet important about my experience with chronic disability that could only be told through the arts. I wanted to embrace the message of vulnerability and share it with the world, to shape how we move forward to accommodate change and difference. I have done that work, and yet sense my goal will only be realized once the world is ready to receive the message. To get there, people need to be more fully in their bodies. So inherently, THIS is ALSO my work, to give back the skills I have cultivated to find safety in myself, despite all my precarity, and to help others accept their own power and vulnerability.
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