Sarah Conaway (b.1972 in York, PA) received her MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including solo and two person exhibitions at The Box, Los Angeles, Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zurich and Bellwether Gallery, New York, and in group exhibitions at Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles, Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, Gallery Diet, Miami, 64bis, Paris, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin and Gallery 400, Chicago. Her work was included in the biennial exhibition “Made In LA” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in 2012. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Sarah Conaway uses everyday objects to create exquisite photographic images that invoke both an inventive playfulness and a charged formality. Her work seeks to inhabit rather than mimic the art history it references, transcending its photographic nature to present an “objectness” and a “materiality.” The works on view reflect the artist’s recurring subject of folds and fabrics, tracing an art historical narrative from the sculpted fabrics of a Bernini sculpture to Joseph Beuys’ act of wrapping himself in wool in his performance “I Like America and America Likes Me.”