A public garden & cultural center

Sarah Zapata

Winter Workspace 2016

Pictured above: no nonsense in an older goddess tradition, 2014
Coiled cotton rope, synthetic yarn, prosthetic feet, purchased used sock, 18K Peruvian gold
Necklace, 9” x 8.5 ”x 10.5”
Image courtesy of the artist

In her art, Sarah Zapata investigates her position in society as a Peruvian American, as well as a woman, highlighting the dynamism of women in indigenous Peruvian communities, and the limitations still prevalent in the 21st century. With material choices that range from yarn, fabric and paper, to common articles of clothing and ubiquitous objects, she utilizes imagery and forms that deal with the feminine and fetishized. Zapata’s practice addresses the undervalued time and labor-intensive processes of traditional craft techniques, such as weaving, basketry and textile making. Through her work, she attempts to reclaim and preserve the relevance of traditions considered women’s work or craft. At Wave Hill, Zapata will make small works with plant dyes based on Peruvian Arpilleras, wall hangings sewn and quilted by women in Peru and Chile to express savage human rights abuses during times of guerilla occupation.

Zapata has been featured in exhibitions at Red Bull Studios, New York, NY; 321 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Associated Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; TASTY, Brooklyn, NY; Meme Gallery, Denton, TX, as well as in the solo exhibition El Café at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY. She has participated in residencies at Los Talleres, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Beam Camp, Strafford, NH. Her awards include a Personal Development Grant, Surface Design Association; The Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund, Dallas Museum of Art; and Fiber Trust, Handweavers Guild of America. Zapata received a BFA in Fibers from University of North Texas. 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.