Title: Seafood Jewelry
Size: Octopus: 4x4x2 in. Squid: 6 x 4 x 4 in. Anchovy: necklace 24 in. long (models will be wearing); 4 images 18”x24” each
Materials: Raw, dried and cooked Octopus, Squid, Anchovies; rhinestones; gold leaf and gold paint; chains and jewelry findings.
In January 2008, I quit my full time job to strike out on my own. Less than a year later, the recession hit. What followed was a two-year of struggle to make ends meet and to maintain my identity as an independent artist. When one struggles for money, one re-assesses what qualifies as a necessity. You learn to do without, or to make it yourself. Poverty promotes creativity. This project is a fantastical interpretation of the ingenuity born of desperation.
If I can’t buy a thing of beauty, then I will make it myself. Gold and jewels are out of my reach, so I will adorn myself with the glories of nature.
Bio: Sarah Lohman graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2005 with a BFA in Technology and Integrated Media Environment, and minors in Photography & Videgraphy and Performance & Installation Art. She moved to New York in 2006 and became Video Producer for New York Magazine; two years later, she launched her own video editing business.
Lohman also works as an independent artist and curator. She creates performances centered around historic gastronomy which she chronicles on her blog Four Pounds Flour. She has curated events for The Old Stone House of Brooklyn, The Merchant’s House Museum, and the Henry Street Settlement. Lohman has appeared on Japanese television and was recently published in Edible Queens magazine. She currently resides in Long Island City, Queens.