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Sarah Magida

Sarah Magida

Artist Work

Po-Mo Waitress
2000
marker on paper, acrylic paint
42" x 24"
Skate 4 LFE #1
2015
one shot enamel paint on discarded skate board
8" x 26"
Mani Mani
2015
canvas, embroidery floss
16" x 16"
Fields
2013
embroidery floss, beads on fabric
36" x 20"
GLOW Wrestlers
2015
ink on paper
18" x 24"
Two Greetings
2013
yarn, beeswax and pin resin on board
15" x 18"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
410-504-4095
Artistic Category

Media Arts, Other, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

As of recent I have been looking over my work from the past ten or fifteen years and have realized that it actually does have a common thread that tells an interesting story. I have always been a feminist but my voice is quiet and not as loud as others. It often questions rather then accuses and often gets over shadowed by the louder voices, although those louder voices are a source of inspiration, power and respect I often feel like my brand of feminism gets washed out. 
I guess I would be considered on the feminine end of the feminist spectrum, I use a certain bright but pastel palette, I use soft fabrics that people often want to touch and I do a lot of hand work which is often referred to as “women’s work”. But “women’s work” has a lot to offer and a lot of power. From days past of weaving spells to present advances in fabrics that can harbor sweat or provide warmth independent of the sun, the presence of fabric as a protector of what can and can not be shown, it has a power. 
 While in art school I waited tables, a lot. I became use to sexism in my work place and a certain expectation to never really achieve anything past being a waitress. That this was as far as I could go. I would never break the waitressing cycle even if I was no longer a waitress. I learned about a group of women performance artists called “The Waitresses” who in the 70’s recognized that waitressing spilled over into their daily lives, mothering, waiting on others, being talked down to, preparing and serving food. All these things are present when waiting tables and no one feels it the way waitresses do. I began drawing waitress portraits to honor the hard work I and many other women did, and it wasn’t just the work it was the feeling of struggle, it was the feeling of telling customers “No, I will not sit on your lab. I will bring you food. Thats it!”. Sometimes these waitresses had no hands or were missing a foot. The physical cut-off-ed-ness that one feels when at work but their mind is somewhere else.
 The lady wrestlers, inspired from the documentary G.L.O.W., The Gorgeous Ladies of Westling, represent a much more aggressive and commanding presence, while maintaining an attention to color and costume. Only recently have I been drawn to skate boards as an artistic medium. I feel like they give me a bit of an edge while also claiming them as my own.



Artist Bio

Sarah Magida (b.1979) is a Baltimore City, Maryland native. She is full of curiosity, the potential to learn and a passion for all things hand crafted. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in General Fine Arts and her MA from the University of Baltimore in Publications Design.

She currently creates primarily embroidered work but engages in painting or drawing small works as well. She is continually developing her work in any and all spare moments, days and hours possible.

Her day job is in the Graphic Design field, she became interested in graphic design through explorations of the world around her. She felt that the way people view and receive information is also an art. Being a graphic designer is more about the art of communication presented in a new way then merely about text and image.  She has a faithful cat companion, Weeble.