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New Works by Sarah Sense

Aug 17, 2008

Contact: Colleen Franco
Phone: 505-954-9902
Images available upon request.



SANTA FE, N.M. [August 18, 2008] – Blue Rain Gallery will host a show of new assemblages by Sarah Sense from Friday, October 24 through Friday, November 7. The show will be held at Blue Rain Gallery at 130 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe. An artist reception is planned for Friday, October 24 at 5 p.m.

In her new work, Sense deconstructs five movie posters into a series of four assemblages, each an intricate commentary on popular culture, sexuality, power struggle, and conflict. Sense uses the movie poster, digital prints of herself, visuals of cowgirls, princesses, and Native Americans, as well as clear and mirrored Mylar for each woven assemblage. “I’m trying to physically and psychologically deconstruct the movie and change the narrative to empower women and Indians,” explains Sense. In essence, her art changes the focus of the poster and reinvents the narrative that runs through her art rather than the movie. The assemblages also represent the interplay of the Sense’s Native American background and contemporary culture and the many dualities she finds: cowboy/Indian, cowboy/cowgirl, motion/still, good/bad, east/west.

Sense’s weavings feature traditional Chitimacha basket patterns, which are part of her heritage. The Chitimacha are an Indian tribe in Louisiana famous for basket weaving. “I feel that it’s part of my responsibility to continue the tradition of basket weaving,” says Sense. “It’s important to me and the patterns are amazing.”

About Blue Rain Gallery
The Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional contemporary artists. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, sculpture and bronze, glass art, kachinas, southwest jewelry, and baskets. Blue Rain Gallery is located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Phone 505-954-9902. For more information, visit the Blue Rain Gallery web site at