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Sara Dittrich

Sara Dittrich

Artist Work

Arrhythmia of the Body
20 inkjet prints
8x10 in. each
Variations on Listening #5
Polymer clay, acrylic paint on panel
60 x 60 x 2 in.
Score for Room
12 x 24 ft.
Physical Arrangement for String Quartet
Musicians, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan
Variable, approx. 10 minutes
Artist's footsteps, 2 Arduino Fios, 2 Xbee modules, kickdrum, door lock actuator, Velostat step sensors, various electrical components
Trio for Solo Contrabass
Projected HD video
Approx. 15'x8', loops indefinitely

Artist Information

Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Media Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I often take a multimedia approach, using sculptural objects, musical performance, video, and interactive electronic technologies to create immersive environments. These works investigate communal aspects of music creation, and give a renewed awareness of the body to the viewer. Musical thinking, which is at the same time gestural and architectonic, often holds a strong presence in my work. I use devices such as repetition, absurdity, and collaboration to filter in the physical rhythms and movements of the body created by the accumulation of footsteps, breaths, and heartbeats. These tools work together to place the viewer in the here and now, and create spaces to “just be”.

Artist Bio

Sara Dittrich (b. Cincinnati, Ohio 1991) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working primarily in Baltimore, Maryland USA. She creates objects, installations, and performances using the forms of musical instruments and interactive electronic technologies to investigate the dynamic acts of listening, communicating and moving. She received her BFA in interdisciplinary sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and has exhibited her work in numerous shows including venues such as Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI) and the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD). She has also exhibited her work internationally in the Czech Republic where she studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague with the sculpture studio headed by Dominik Lang. She received a 2017 Mary Sawyers Baker Artist Award, and has been allotted residencies at Sculpture Space, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She is currently a 2018-19 fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center.