A Neosho artist is showing some of her work in Los Angeles, Calif.
Sarah Serio has two of her works of art accepted into The Haggus Society’s juried exhibition “B*tch Fest” in Los Angeles. The exhibit, which according to The Haggus Society, focuses on giving voice to a demographic that is widely ignored, runs through Sept. 30. Her hand carved block prints “Losing Hope” and “It’s Not My Choice” were both selected for the exhibition which is featuring work from 22 artists across the nation.
The Neosho Daily News caught up with Serio and asked her some questions about the artwork and how she got into art.
NDN: Is this your first time in this show in Los Angeles?
Serio: Yes, this is the first time I’ve had work accepted into a show in Los Angeles. I’ve had pieces in New York, Chicago, across the country and, of course, here locally.
NDN: Explain your artwork pieces that is in Los Angeles.
Serio: The two pieces currently in Los Angeles are both block prints. “It’s Not My Choice” and “Losing Hope” both speak of social injustices toward women.
NDN: How did you hear about the Los Angeles show?
Serio: I found out about this show, “B*tch Fest,” through a call for entry website. I find out about most call for entries from websites, newsletters, and magazines. Hopefully the work in Los Angeles will sell during the show, if not they will be returned and I will have them for sell here and enter them in more shows.
NDN: How did you get interested in art?
Serio: I became interested in art in school and chose to pursue degrees in studio art and graphic communications at Missouri Southern State University. During my time at MSSU, I saw an exhibit of serigraphs, a type of printmaking, by Robert Addison at Spiva Center for the Arts. I was so intrigued by the work that I decided to take a class in printmaking. I enjoyed the process so much that I chose to pursue printmaking as my main focus of artistic expression.
NDN: What type of medium do you enjoy working with?
Serio: I enjoy working in relief printing as well as intaglio. Relief is where ink is applied to the surface of the matrix such as a woodcut while intaglio is where ink is applied beneath the surface like in an etching.
NDN: I understand that you have some artwork at One14 Coffee in Neosho. Can you talk about that?
Serio: I am the August featured artist at One14 Coffee in Neosho. They are a supporter of local artists and rotate works every four to six weeks. Currently, I have examples of block printing, reduction block printing and aquatint on display. The two works that are in Los Angeles are on display at One14 as well. One14 is a wonderful place for area artist to get their work seen by people who don’t normally get the chance to come to a gallery in the area.
NDN: Do you encourage others to take up art?
Serio: I am a big supporter of the arts; fine art, music, theatre; they are fundamental to humanity improving education, creativity, innovation, and have a social impact. There’s never been a time when art wasn’t a part of our global culture, going so far back as to cave paintings.