Sara Schneckloth works in a variety of media as a way to explore the potential of contemporary drawing practice. Currently residing in Columbia, South Carolina, Schneckloth holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has lived and worked in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and Cape Town, South Africa. She was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa.
Her drawings have been shown throughout the US and South Africa, and were recently featured in New American Paintings, the 2007 Wisconsin Triennial and the 2008 Columbus Biennial (GA). Her essays on drawing theory and practice have appeared in the journal of visual culture and the Manifest International Drawing Annual.
Drawing on the visual culture of science, Schneckloth creates images that speak to the physical and emotional processes of remembering. The notion of the gesture factors strongly into her work, figuring as both the mark on the page and as an invitation for viewers to intimately interact with her drawings.
Schneckloth is an Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
New Drawings by Sara Schneckloth
"Memories exist somewhere between heart and mind, where they evolve, spin, break down, multiply, explode, or quietly hum in the dark. I draw as a way to understand this phenomenon within myself. What would my thoughts and memories look like if they could be extracted and examined? I imagine pulsing forms somewhere between dream and flesh, organic-mechanical structures prone to erratic behaviors that still follow predictable cycles and patterns. They are individuated, but clearly of a species. Some are vital and soaring, others insular and subdued. They all share a language of mark and scale, points of common origin.
This series is borne from the desire to describe recurring physical and mental gestures, to create representations of habits of recall, and to generate a larger anatomy of experience through mark, color, and form. I think of these as memory organs, or thought machines, each with a purpose that unfolds through the act of its drawing."