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Sara Dittrich

Sara Dittrich

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Artist Work

Turn of the Tide
2019
Performer’s breath, stretch sensor, wireless transmitter, projected video, custom curved wall, meditation cushion, blue floodlights, speakers, amplifier, found audio, Arduino, Mad Mapper and Max software
Variable
Going/Staying
2015
A performance/installation using artist's footsteps, kickdrum, solenoid, Velostat step sensors, various electrical components
Excerpt provided (52 sec.), full duration variable
Score for Room
2017
White and black construction paper, contact mics, wire, amplifier, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements over a 5 week period while installed in an office/gallery space
41’ x 34’ ft.
Physical Arrangement for String Quartet
2015
Musicians, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan
Variable, approx. 10 minutes
Arrhythmia of the Body
2015
20 inkjet prints
8x10 in. each
Variations on Listening #5
2017
Polymer clay, acrylic paint on panel
60 x 60 x 2 in.

Artist Information

County
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 sculpture artist based in Baltimore, Maryland.  She creates objects, installations, and performances highlighting the dynamic rhythms of the body, and the interconnected patterns residing in everyday life.  She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has exhibited her work at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC; and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.  Dittrich has also shown 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 is the recipient of a 2017 Mary Sawyers Baker Artist Award, and 2013 Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art.  Residencies include the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE; the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT; Sculpture Space, Utica, NY; and the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Provincetown, MA.