Sara Black’s work uses conscious processes of carpentry, wood-working, and craft as a time-based method; diseased or effected wood, inherited building materials or other exhausted objects as material; and creates works that exposes the complex ways in which beings and things are suspended in worlds together; often generating forms that intend to push beyond human frames of reference. Within her practice she works both individually and collaboratively, most recently with artists Amber Ginsburg, and with the collectives Deep Time Chicago and Project Fielding. Sara is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Chair of the department. She has given talks and presented workshops at the MassArt, Harvard University, the Museum of Contemporary Art and more. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of spaces including the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, the Thailand Biennial, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, The Smart Museum of Art, Gallery 400, Threewalls; Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft; New York’s Park Avenue Armory and Eyebeam; Boston’s Tuft University Gallery; Minneapolis' Soap Factory; Cleveland's SPACES and more.
Beginning in Spring 2021, Amber Ginsburg (Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago), Sara Black (Department of Sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Samantha Frost (Department of Political Science and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) engage in a two-year collaborative art project called Untidy Objects. At the center of this project is a multi-sensory living sculpture, through which the collaborators aim to capture the relationship between a living subject and its world. From its initial installation through the course of its growth and self-transformation, the living sculpture will be a site in which multiple species co-mingle and visitors come to appreciate the extensive forms of co-mingling that make their own lives possible.