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As a pre-teen, I formed my IRL identity alongside my online persona. For a while, these two girls grew parallel to one another. When the IRL girl started changing physically and becoming unhappy with her body, the online persona could hold on to the youthful body and image that she started with. It was then that the fragmented woman started to form.
The work that I create is a repeated exercise of trying to bring these two women together to establish new common ground. Thus far, that task has been immense. I expect that these women will someday collide again, but for now, the closest they get to each other is within the work.
The works that I create always begin from an archive. Whether that is a quick 5-minute photoshoot with myself and my iPhone or a trip to my family film archive, I always start within a series of images and work to exhaust it entirely before moving on. Having the power to control which imagery is implemented in the work is the nearest feeling that I can find to managing my image. In the digital world of the internet, we sacrifice all aspects of control. I have the most power in my world.
The techniques used are often rooted in quilting. This specifically references the act of quilting -sewing layers together and creating repetitive shapes. The broader history of quilting involves women working collectively on projects. My practice is intentionally a solo effort intended for meditation.
Sarah C. Blanchette is a photo and fiber based artist working out of the Detroit area.
Through repetitive acts of hand/machine sewing and physical manipulations of the self portrait, she documents her coming of age in a digital world while embarking on a journey towards growth and autonomy in womanhood.
Since establishing her studio practice in 2015, Blanchette has exhibited nationally and online in galleries, museums, zines, blogs, and artist run spaces. Alongside her practice, Blanchette is the Co-Founder of the artist collective, Critical Stuff (premiering soon).
Blanchette holds a BA in Journalism and Studio Art Photography from Oakland University (‘15) and an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art (‘17). She is a Juried Artist Member of SAQA.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015, A Silence. Huron Valley Council for the Arts Gallery, Highland, MI, November 4-28
2018, Remediation I. Gallery 2987. Detroit, MI, August 5 - September 15
2020, Ideal Form. Oakland University - Oakland Center, February 1-29
2021, Basement Babe - 934 Gallery, Columbus, OH, June-July
2023, All Shook Up - Massillon Museum, Studio M, Massillon, OH. May 27 - July 12
Selected Two Person Exhibitions
2019, Access Controlled/Contested. Skylab Gallery, Columbus, OH, August 17
Selected Curated Exhibitions
2016, Forever 14, Studio 14, Bloomfield Hills, MI, October 21-28
2016, JENNIFER LOCKE: DROMOS, Rocksbox Pontiac, Pontiac, MI, October 29
2016, KEITH BOADWEE: POSTERS, Rocksbox Pontiac, Pontiac, MI, November 12
2020, Laura D. Gibson Solo Exhibition, Talking Dolls Gallery, Detroit, MI, TBD
2020, Bekah Sweda Solo Exhibition, Talking Dolls Gallery, Detroit, MI, TBD
2020 - present, Feminist Art Museum, Instagram (@feministartmuseum)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009, Anchor Bay High School Choir Benefit, Exhibited Artist, Fair Haven, MI, November
2009, L’anse Cruise North High School Arts Benefit, Exhibited Artist, Macomb, MI, December
2013, Poetry and Art Night Exhibit, Village Fine Arts Association, Milford, MI April 13-22
2014, Women in Focus Atlanta, International Women’s Exhibit, Web
2014, Anchor Bay High School Relay for Life Benefit, Exhibited Artist, Fair Haven, MI, November 22
2015, Senior Thesis Exhibit, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester Hills, MI April-May
2015, PAIN, The Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, October 30-Nov. 1
2016, Something/Nothing, The Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, February 19-21
2016, Content Aware, The Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, April 1-3
2016, Welcome to the Thunderdome. The Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, September 23-25
2016, SHOWCASE, Rocksbox Pontiac, Pontiac, MI, December 10
2017, Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Show, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, April 22-May 14
2017, http://, The Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, May
2017, United We Quilt, web, Link
2017, Photography Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, October 4 - November 11
2017, Show me the Money, Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Highland, MI, November 1-29
2019, You Can’t Touch a Ghost, Galleri 2987, Detroit, MI, January 19-31
2019, http://www: a birthday celebration, Carnation Contemporary, Portland, OR, February 1-24
2019, Subception, KINK CONTEMPORARY, Cleveland, OH, March 9-April 19
2019, Safe Space, we__are__familia, Detroit, MI, March 30 - May 3
2019, Threaded, Mesa Community College Art Gallery, Mesa, AZ, Sept 3 - Nov 7
2019, Loading Festival - The Wrong Biennale, Mana Contemporary, Miami, FL, Miami Art Week - Miami Basel, Opening: December 4
2019 - 2020, Showcase, Honigman, Detroit, MI, June 2019 - April 2020
2019, Threaded, Mesa Community College Art Gallery, Mesa, AZ, Sept 3 - Nov 7
2020, Celebration, WomensWork.Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie NY, Jan 10 - Feb 1
2020, make me love you in 10 jpgs or less, Skylab Gallery, Columbus OH, Feb 14-23
2020, Nude Nites, Tampa, FL, Feb 27-29
2020, Women’s Works, Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL, Mar 1 - April 11
2020, Fantastic Fibers 2020, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, April 10 - May 30
2020, Art NOW: Photography 2020, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor (Web due to COVID-19), MI, April 3 - May 2
2020, MIRROR/IMAGE, Online
2020, BIG and Abstract, Norwest Gallery, Detroit, MI, July 31 - Oct. 24
2020, Art Mile Detroit, Online, July 28 - August 5.
2020-2021, Womxn in 3D, KINK Contemporary, Cleveland, OH, Nov. 20 - Jan. 15
2021, Unraveled: Confronting The Fabric of Fiber Art, Untitled Space, New York City, NY, April 17 - May 28
2021, Cynosure, Scene Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, MI, Aug. 6 - 29
2022, Artist as Quiltmaker, FAVA, Oberlin, OH, April 2 - July 3,
2022, Fantastic Fibers 2022, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, April 19 - June 18,
2022, Fiber: Art, Fashion and Business, Chroma, Detroit, MI, Sept. 21 - Oct. 21
2022, Fiber Art Now - Excellence in Quilts 2022, Iowa Quilt Museum, Winterset, IA, Sept. 27 - Dec 18
Selected Private Collections
-Julie Reyes Taubman and Robert Taubman, Bloomfield Hills, MI
-Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg, Bloomfield Hills, MI
-Paul Gamble, Bloomfield Hills, MI
-Frank Edwards, Bloomfield Hills, MI
-Judy Lindstrom, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Bachelor’s of Arts (July 2015) | Journalism & Studio Art – Photography | Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI
Master’s of Fine Arts (May 2017) | Photography, Elective in Fiber | Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2008, Huron-Clinton Metro Parks Photography Competition, Youth 1st Place – Nature
2014, Handleman Tuition Scholarship, Oakland University Honors College
2014, The Oakland Press Scholarship, Oakland University
2015, Mark Murphy Endowed Scholarship for Photography, Oakland University
2015, Marion Adams Bunt Endowed Fund in Art and Art History, Oakland University
2015, Second Place in Photojournalism, Department of Communication and Journalism Student Showcase, Oakland University
2015, Finalist, Best of Photography 2015, Photographer’s Forum
2016, Finalist, Best of Photography 2016, Photographer’s Forum
2019, February Micro Grant Awardee, Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, MI
2020, Fantastic Fibers Awardee, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY
2021, Creator of Culture Grantee, Culture Source, Detroit, MI Link
2020-Present, Juried Artist Member - SAQA
2017-2020, Artist Member - SAQA
2021, Darkroom Oracle - Virtual. Jan-Feb.
2017, Peripheral Vision Arts, Web
2020 - present
Curator - Feminist Art Museum, Instagram (@feministartmuseum): Exhibiting womxn artists on the art-based Instagram account of Feminist Art Museum. www.feministartmuseum.com
2018 - 2022
Studio, Gallery and Residency Director - TALKING DOLLS at Talking Dolls Gallery, Detroit, MI: Selecting all Talking Dolls artist residences and curating their exhibitions. Direct contact for all day-to-day operations between artists and Talking Dolls. https://talkingdollsdetroit.com/
Curator and Studio Manager - BULK SPACE at Talking Dolls Gallery, Detroit, MI: Contact for all day-to-day operations between BULK SPACE and Talking Dolls.
Digital Asset Manager - Culture Lab Detroit, Detroit, MI; Contracted to manage all digital assets and assist in marketing and event planning for the 2018 lecture series.
2016 - present
Photographer - Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI: Photographing artwork, academy events and student functions.
Curator - ROCKSBOX PONTIAC Gallery, Pontiac, MI: Curated 3 exhibitions with Cranbrook Academy of Art Photography Colleagues in the ROCKSBOX PONTIAC Gallery Space.
2015 - present
Artist and Owner - Sarah C Blanchette Studio, Rochester Hills/Detroit, MI: Sole director of all business operations and creation of artwork. www.sarahcblanchette.studio
2007 - present
Owner - SBFinePhoto, Rochester Hills, MI: Sole director of all business operations and creation of commercial portraiture. www.sbfinephoto.com
fiber art, archive, selfie, digital, glitch, feminist, quilt, velvet