Updated: Apr 16, 2022
Sandra Davis' virtual interview series continues in April with guests Gloria Vasquez and Sarah Schneiderman, artists who incorporate recycled materials in their art.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Gloria Vasquez is a former Texan with an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth
University(VCU), and a Bachelor of Science Math degree from the University of Houston. She has managed to experience living in an unusual variety of places around the world: Texas (Laredo, Houston, Austin, San Antonio), Missouri (St. Louis), Los Angeles, Colombia(Bogota), Moscow, and Washington. In the mid 1990’s, after a 10- year telecommunications engineering career, she returned to college to study art. Upon finishing her MFA at VCU, she taught sculpture at the University of Richmond, Mary Washington University (Fredericksburg, Virginia), Jorge Caldos University(Bogota, Colombia) and VCU. Her work has been exhibited/performed in Texas, Colombia, New York, Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. See Gloria's work here.
Sarah Schneiderman earned a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Even though her need to make a living interfered with her art-making, Sarah continued to work on inventive projects, including knitting unique sweaters and making art out of trash. After retiring, she took up scuba diving and began to study fish and the sea. This new hobby made Sarah aware of garbage in the oceans, so she began to make artwork representative of fish from debris. Now, she tackles additional social, political, and environmental issues as well.
Sarah’s work has been seen from Seattle, Washington, to Clarkston, Georgia, and from Santa Monica, California, to Damariscotta, Maine. She recently published a book of portraits she made during the 2017-2021 United States presidential administration called, You’re Fired! I Quit! A Visual Commentary on the 45th Presidency of the United States of America, which is available on Blurb.com. Sarah continues to use trash as her medium while exploring non-toxic and non-plastic adhesives. Her concern for the environment has expanded beyond art to lifestyle choices, including eating a vegan diet, using refillable containers, and repurposing household materials.
Sarah calls Glastonbury, CT, and Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, home.
See Sarah's work here.