Trash is everywhere. In the past 50 years, the use of plastic increased 20-fold across the globe. Pound for pound, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. My art practice approaches the mess the world finds itself in several ways. "More Garbage than Fish" consists of fish whose very well-being is being threatened by plastic pollution, ocean acidification, and rising sea temperatures. “You’re Fired! I Quit!” is a series of portraits of politicians within or related to the 45th president of the United States' administration. These portraits explore the disregard for the environment and human well-being demonstrated by the president and his staff. “Name Something (insert color here)” explores beauty while addressing the abundance of trash that is part of our everyday lives.
Together, my work looks at our environment and vision, examining the harsh truths behind these growing emergency.
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When Sarah Schneiderman became aware of the mounds of garbage she generated, she decided to use these materials as her medium. Although she painted as a child and in undergraduate school, painting never seduced her. She preferred assembling unusual materials into something meaningful. In undergraduate school, her work focused on assemblage sculptures and embellished photographs using toy soldiers, fabric, ribbon, glitter, and nail polish. Her current work is similar in that her creations come from non-traditional supplies – found and recycled objects and everyday trash.
Schneiderman's work has shown across the United States from Georgia to Washington state, including solo exhibitions in the District of Columbia, Oregon, and Connecticut.
Awards she received include a National Junior Scholastic Honorable Mention and First Place at the Art League of New Britain.
Schneiderman has a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.