My practice explores the realm of identity formation. Throughout my work, I address the relationship between memory, the passage of time, and familial relationships. Through drawing, performance, video, and installation, I explore psychological conflicts between oneself and his/her surroundings. Most recently I have been developing a body of work around the death of a grandparent. I am interested in exploring the concept of origins and the symbolic significance that a grandparent has to a particular identity and place. For this body of work, my primary medium involved growing salt crystals on various objects. I wanted to create a presence that was in a constant state of flux and that mimicked the transformation of the body after death. The salt crystals are not alive, and yet they grow on their own. Every day, the crystals change in color and texture. It was vital that the piece innately required time, elements of transformation and unpredictability, as well as fragility. While working on this piece, I was thinking of a way to communicate the intangibility of memory, the desire to connect to those who have passed, and the inevitability of change.
Sara Jimenez was born in London, Ontario and raised in Bethesda, MD. She received her BA in Semiotics and Communication Theory at the University of Toronto with departmental honors in 2008. In 2013 she received her MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons The New School for Design, where she received the New School University Merit Award and the Chaim Gross Scholarship. Since moving to New York in 2007, Jimenez has been part of numerous group exhibitions at galleries including The Glasshouse, Rush Arts Gallery, Fowler Arts Gallery, and Strange Loop. In 2010 she received the New York for Better Neighborhoods Grant for a project based on work with the non-profit group Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment. In 2011, she was a contestant and finalist on Bravo’s Work of Art the Next Great Artist. This summer, she will be participating in El Museo’s Bienal This is Where We Jump. She will also be an artist in residence at Wassaic Artist Residency with her collaborator Kaitlynn Redell.