Instagram: @ssarahbankss
Website: www.sarahabanks.com

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I’m Sarah! I’m 23 and I’m from Dallas, Texas. I currently live in Chicago, with my two cats Hanna and Quant~ (they came with their names).

2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Definitely maximalist and colorful. I love bright colors, textures and lots of patterns! I fully reject the “take away one accessory before you walk out the door” philosophy hahaha.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Definitely 3D software. But I’d say ceramics is a close second. Sometimes you have to squish clay around when you’ve been on the computer all day. I originally went to school for painting, and tried a bunch of different things along the way! 

I really started liking 3D because of the endless possibilities and revisions. You can always change your mind about every detail up to the last second, which was really helpful for me and my process!

4. What is your artistic process like?

Normally I get excited about a concept or idea that I see in the world around me and just go for it. I rarely plan a ton out for my personal work. I like to go with the flow and just see what looks good together or even what makes me laugh/happy! Then a story or concept kinda builds up as I’m testing things out.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

Lately, I’ve been really inspired by science and nature! My 3D work has kinda always revolved around natural scenes and landscapes, but during the past few months, I’ve been listening to a lot of scientific podcasts about animals, plants, organisms, etc. 

I’m always super interested in the way nature works and evolves, and get a lot of ideas about potential creatures or places from the real world!

For example, I learned all about a creature called a hydra recently, it’s been found to kinda live forever. Like they don’t die unless they are killed! So wild. So I’ve been making wiggly little organisms inspired by them and the idea that they potentially have lived forever, and seen everything happen!

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

I’m always trying to customize and curate everything in my life! I love decorating my house, doing makeup, getting dressed, cooking, etc. I guess I would say that I’m always finding myself making and creating, in every aspect of my life!

7. Where did you study?

I went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for my BFA. I graduated in 2019!

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully working on bigger, collaborative projects! 3D is definitely a medium where you often need help and a lot of people have specialities. So I’m excited to someday maybe spearhead a big project with a really cool team and concept. (and also hopefully travel to some cool places in between working lol).

9. What about in ten?

Maybe I will have a cute pink house I work out of with a garden and lots of pets! I think I might be burnt out on city life by then. Plus it’s always good to go look at plants outside after you look at a screen for too long.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I just want to continue learning, make things that make me and others happy/laugh, and continue to use my work as a tool to stay interested in the world around me!

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Sushi! I started eating sushi when I was 2 with my dad. I could literally eat it everyday hahaha

12. Favourite book?

Right now my favorite book is Why Fish Don’t Exist by Lulu Miller. It’s an awesome story about historical and personal drama, wild scientific info, and self-actualization ~ it’s so good I read it in 1 day!

13. Favourite genre of music? 

I don’t think I have a favourite genre but some of my favourites are: ABBA, Black Eyed Peas, Pinc Louds, Joy Again, DVA, The Moldy Peaches

14. What are your hobbies? 

I love to cook, do makeup, go antiquing, get new plants, rollerskate, watch jeopardy, and play with my cats 🙂

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Maybe in an alternate world, I would be a journalist! I love learning something new and sharing it with others.

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