American Women: Birds of im/Migration, curated by Susan
Hillhouse Leask, Sara Friedlander combines her own photographs with
vintage photos and paint to create compelling mixed media works
that explore the lives and celebrate the valor of the brave women
who left home, country, and family to carve out new lives in the
United States. In the artist's words: "Most of them spoke no
English, and holding steadfast to their hopes for a brighter future,
they faced daunting challenges in order to establish themselves
in this new world." Friedlander's first work in this genre
centered on her maternal grandmother, Masha Bornstein, who in 1908
at the age of 15 traveled alone in steerage to Boston from Belarus.
Friedlander learned to know her grandmother through the process
of creating this work. The artist invites us to delve deeper into
our preconceptions, reminding us that we are a nation of immigrants:
"At this critical time, when immigration is seen as a national
and global threat throughout the world, these portraits can help
us remember and reflect deeply on the reality that most Americans
. . . are relatively recent descendants of immigrants or immigrants
has explored many aspects of photography. Other bodies of work include
Subway Reflexions, Rushing to See Art, Stonewalled in Jerusalem,
and Blurred Landscape. She has exhibited widely in California,
as well as nationally and internationally, and online, and in 2012
was awarded first place in the 2012 Annual International Competition
held by the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel.
To learn more about the artist and her work, come to the Artist/Curator Talk on
closing Sunday, Feb 11 at 3:30 pm.
Sanchez Art Center
is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd in Pacifica, about a mile east
of Highway 1. Following opening night, the galleries are open Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm, and by appointment, through Feb 11.
For more information, email info@SanchezArtCenter.org
or call 650.355.1894.