SANDRA FARMER ARTIST
Mother, daughter, wife, ceramic sculptor, teaching artist, dreadlocks expert, lover of books, witch, seamstress and knitter, chef, friend, leader.
Sharing art with others makes me thrive. I have been sharing art with others for over 20 years. I knew I wanted to be an artist when I was a young child and I feel so fortunate that my childhood dream has come true! I received my BFA in ceramics and BIS in Pre Art Therapy in 2001 and have kept my hands dirty ever since. I currently teach ceramics in Kirkland, WA and I am a teaching artist at the Seattle Art Museum. I also work as a stylist (sculpting hair!) at Vain in Downtown.
Art has been a means to delve deep, working out emotional stages and states that escape my conscious mind. I find art to be a language that we, as humans, all can understand. Art has facilitated many breakthroughs in my own life and I have seen firsthand how it can tech others about themselves.
CURIOUS? Here are a few Q & A.
Q. WHEN DID YOU ANSWER YOUR CALLING?
I did a 2 year residency at Pottery Northwest and it was the first time I was able to fully immerse myself in only creating art. It awakened the calling in me. I always knew I wanted to share art with others, but there I was able to teach and create 24/7. I had only taught children's classes before that and the director encouraged me to teach an adult class. It really set me on my current trajectory.
Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Read! I love detective novels, and what my husband calls my "sitcom" books, lite reading, mysteries, fantasy, and sci fi.
I try to get away when I can in my art studio in Ballard, where I sketch, play, and explore new ideas.
When I am not working or reading I am nurturing my family, my husband and two kids aged 10 and 1.
Q. WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU HAVE DONE IN YOUR CAREER?
I was asked to create a large scale labyrinth made of light for the Seattle Art Museum Remix. They wanted an interactive installation to help keep energy levels down (the event can be boisterous at times!). Labyrinths have always been a walking meditation for me and it worked to keep the event calmer and more focused. It was so rewarding to see the event participants slow down and really experience the installation
MY FAVORITE BOOKS:
"Flexible, caring, knowledgeable."