True Stories

September 4, 2012

The project that was begun this past spring is finished at last and installed in the group show Friends at Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, North Carolina. The piece is Collected Stories, and this is what it looks like:


The box contains true stories generously sent to me by fifty-six friends. A recent post, “My Story” (see below), is the text of my own story in the box. It is the story of the project, and it is the only story that is available  to be read. The stories contained in the box are folded accordion-style and threaded on a metal rod in a process that I have described more thoroughly in earlier posts. It was clear to me from the beginning that the collective voice of these true stories was crucial to the piece – these fragments of lives are woven and layered together (literally and figuratively) to create a visual object that is completely dependent on its content for its image. If you are near Lenoir any time before October 1, stop in and have a look!

One Response to “True Stories”

  1. Kelly Munly Says:

    Hi Sarah! It was very nice to meet you at the RVA Street Art Festival this past weekend and to hear about this work “True Stories.” It is visually and conceptually beautiful, and so respectfully constructed all the way through. I mentioned this organization to you that hosts qualitative researchers, some of whom present stories tied to an array of social justice issues in the form of visual and performance art.
    It will be great to keep in touch. I hope to one day translate some of my qualitative data (much in the form of stories) into art that can reach a different audience. All the best, Kelly Munly (

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