Sarah Bliss


Sarah Bliss' work addresses the commodification of the art object, and the relationship between commercial and cultural production. She explores the dynamics of seduction and the parallel methods utilized both by players in the art market (artists, curators, galleries, collectors) and by consumer goods manufacturers and retailers to attract consumers, claim value, create desire, and manufacture pleasure.

Her praxis focuses on the putting together of diverse and disjunctive materials to draw attention to the "backside" of consumption: both its seductive beauty and the fantastic accumulation of material that becomes "trash."  She combines paint and painted and photographic imagery with a wide variety of other materials: the byproducts of the shipping and packaging of consumer products (cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, contoured foam, plastic strapping, wooden pallets, shrink wrap, etc.); the residue of a studio-based artmaking practice; off-the-shelf consumer goods; and salvaged construction and domestic debris.  The combinations she chooses create a leveling of materials and objects.  The artist-painted canvas carries no more weight or merit than the scrap of used linoleum, the laundry hamper, or the cardboard box.  At the same time, she draws attention to the hidden material "waste" inherent in a studio art practice and compares it to the waste products inherent in the marketing and distributing of common household goods.  She asks: "Where lies beauty? Who decides?"

Sarah Bliss exhibits regularly in the Northeast and has had a solo show at A.P.E. Arts in Northampton.  She is featured in the Spring 2009 edition of Studio Visit Magazine.  For more information, see her website at