Sarah Amacker’s artwork is a mixture of autobiographical, observational, and emotional expression. Her scientific background in biology and psychology along with her work as a graphic designer has had a major influence on the way she creates work. Through mixed media processes, she merges scenes, objects, and environments from daily life with biological factors to convey the complexity of thought and identity processes. Amacker often uses her own female form silhouetted or abstracted to represent exploration of self―featuring glimpses into her own journey in various spaces. Her works often confront barriers, thinking patterns, societal expectations, and records her own personal navigation and perseverance through these arenas as a female artist and woman. Amacker’s artworks explore her own inheritance and what that means, observations of what it means to be a woman in society, and the importance of recording the female experience. In this exhibition, the artwork titled Build Her Up explores the artist’s personal narrative, focusing on her genetic legacy passed down by her female ancestors. It delves into how the spirits and energies of these women have mythically become an integral part of her identity. The painting narrates the story of building within, especially during challenging moments, creating this ancestral cheerleading pyramid and metaphorical ladder leading to inner resilience and growth.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sarah Amacker was born and raised in Zachary, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, and also a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She now works full-time as the Communications and Marketing Specialist for the LSU Museum of Art, and has participated in several exhibitions. Amacker has won several awards, including Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) publication competition awards for the LSU Museum of Art, the Bold Award at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, along with other accolades.
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