Sarah Dolezal

Sarah Dolezal grew up making connections with things that are found in the background, things that everyone else was always too busy to notice. This endlessly curious, fidgety and anxious artist makes builds made of of things that she simply couldn’t let rot away without a second chance to be important. “I work in lost and forgotten places and things,” Sarah said.

Giving these forgotten things a new life, Sarah’s art is an expression of her great love and vulnerability. She takes junk and broken items and builds them back up from trash to treasure. “Everything has become disposable. I think most of my work is meant to remind people of things that used to be, or the beauty in turning things people would normally throw away into new and beautiful things.”

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Her pieces are made with drills, screw guns, paint, pencils and anything else the project needs to become a reality. Made with mostly local materials, Sarah finds what she needs from second-hand stores, yard sales or just random junk that she comes across. “What I make, I love. I feel like I am takings things that could have been lost forever and turning them into things that can be loved again. When people show interest in what I make, I feel like I have found a home for a lonely orphan. I just want to keep making things and finding them loving homes. The reason I art is because I can’t help it. What I find tells me some kind of story and I make it into the thing that fits that story.”

This South Bend local has been involved with art events such as Circus of Art, Bizarre Coterie, RAW: Spectrum, Beer and Loathing: TreeHouse Shine Bar and First Peel. Some of her early work was also shown at ArtWalk Gallery in Elkhard. She was introduced to ORANJE through veteran Jim Showman. “I’m excited to be a part of something where successful artists show their work. This being the first year out of the art-supplies closet, I feel like this is an opportunity to see how well I can hang with artists I respect and admire.”

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And Sarah believes that everyone should support the arts, not only for the incredible pieces of work they create but to meet the creators. “Artists in a group provide variety, entertainment, personality and so on. I think artists are an experience on their own. Art is meant to make some kind of connection. When a person comes to appreciate art, they are appreciating a part of someone that art was created from.”

You can find Sarah’s work on Facebook or on her website. Make sure to stop by her booth on September 13!