Sarah McKemie was born in 1980 and is a native of Oklahoma. Since receiving her B.F.A. in photography from Columbia College in Chicago in 2008, she has shown her work in numerous exhibits nationally. Her photography and video works operate at the intersection of documentary and artifice.
At the heart of her work is a concern with intimacy and humility. She has examined these themes in projects such as Dear You, which looks at the fragility of friendship, and Tulsa which traces the meaning of hometown. In these works and others she considers the nature of perseverance and our search for connection.
Her recent work focuses on performance and improvisation, themes she is exploring in a series of video projects with groups in the community. These projects are informed by her current Master’s training in Social Work. This move to improvisational work also led to Unscripted Play, her collaboration with Ieke Trinks. Her current work explores art’s potential as a therapeutic medium.