The visible deterioration of physical objects and scaffolded structures is a repeated theme in my work. I see a direct allegorical relationship between the scaffolded scenarios I create and the social, biological and psychological processes that are the invisible scaffolding supporting the human body and human society and psychology. Social scaffolds have the potential to both support exploration and expansion and perpetuate unjust social situations (like inequality). One of my goals as an artist is to make such mental, biological and social scaffolds corporal. I hope to invite the viewer to consider the scaffolds that support their own bodies, outlook and social context.
My current artwork, explores the microbiome, the wonderful and terrifyingly elusive world thriving inside and outside us. Our gut flora and fauna outnumber us, predate us, and can have a large impact on our functioning. Over the past decade, new research has emerged shedding light on the influence of gut bacteria on our health, mood, behavior and feelings. In my new work I attempt to blur the boundaries between the microscopic and macroscopic in an effort to raise questions about the extent of human agency.
— Sara Parent-Ramos
Born in Washington, DC to Italian/Canadian parents, Sara Parent-Ramos’s work stems from her international background and her work experience in the field of psychology and education. Her current work explores the processes that influence human actions that are beyond conscious awareness.
Since graduating from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, she has been the recipient of a State University of New York Thayer Fellowship and a Cite International des Arts, Paris Residency Fellowship. Sara received a Fulbright scholarship to Italy in 2005, a Graduate Student Fellowship from the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts in 2013 and an Emerging Artist designation from Ceramics Monthly in 2016. Most recently she has participated in exhibitions at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art in San Angelo Texas, the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona California and the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh PA. She is in currently a resident artist at SPACE 4 ART in San Diego, CA.