Sarah Irvin -- X Stamp No. 13
Hand-stamped archival ink on paper, framed floating in white wood, UV glass
30 x 22 inches
Sarah Irvin’s ‘X Stamp’ works examine the general idea of checking a box when it comes to caregiving tasks. Using the stamp intended for checking ‘left breast’ or ‘right breast’ on a breastfeeding tracking timesheet, the artist fills the paper with an overwhelming amount of marks that cease to provide helpful information, exploring the way in which increasingly constant attention to an individual being can cross over into the realm of the detrimental and destructive. As the stamps rapidly proliferate, they lose their purpose and become untethered from their meaning.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Sarah Irvin’s work explores the cultural resonance and social significance of mothering as a practice of care. Irvin brings the durational events and material objects of child-rearing into contexts that reveal their relations to the economy, public health, language, and more. She has developed an interdisciplinary practice that is poetic yet pragmatic, blending analog and digital processes including painting, sculpture, video, and installation to investigate -- and abstract -- trauma, embodiment, and routine alike.
Irvin holds a BA from University of Georgia and an MFA from George Mason University (2016). Her work has been exhibited with the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, and the San Angelo Public Arts Commission, among others.
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