I create narratives of transcendent identity and cosmic unity in a global age of conflict.
My artwork expresses a synthesis of my diverse experiences, challenges, and multiple roles that I have experienced living in different cultures and communities. I combine all these aspects of my life into new realities that represent a rebuilding of life, hope and renewal, explorations and new discoveries.
Mixed media work and installations are created from fragments of carvings that I designed from geometric patterns. The carvings are broken apart and then redesigned into structures that represent creating new, positive realties from destructive experiences. In some projects, I layer these structures with disparate elements. Islamic geometric patterns, appropriated from the art and architecture of South Asia, the region where I grew up, represent my cultural heritage and aesthetic traditions. In recent works, I juxtapose these with patterns found in nature, the human body, and in the cosmos investigating the cosmic interconnectedness through patterns. Sarah Ahmad
Sarah Ahmad’s artwork has been featured in exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers throughout the United States and in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, including the LuminArte Gallery, the Irving Center of Arts, and the Eisenman Center in Dallas, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the New York Center for Photographic Art, the Yeiser Arts Center in Paducah, Kentucky, The Gallery at Watershed in Eugene, Oregon, the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates, Rohtas 2 Gallery in Lahore, Pakistan, and Koel Gallery in Karachi, Pakistan. In Memphis, her work has been exhibited at the Linda Ross Gallery, Circuitous Succession Gallery, Crosstown Arts, the Hyde Gallery, and Rust Hall. Also in Memphis, she was commissioned by the Regional One Hospital for a public art project. In addition, an installation by Ahmad was selected for the “Flying Solo” exhibition series at the Nashville International Airport sponsored by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the State of Tennessee. Ahmad received a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and was selected for residencies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, the Paducah Arts Alliance, the Otis College of Art and Design, and the 2019 Tulsa Arts Fellowship.
She received an MFA from the Memphis College of Art, MA Education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and BA Fine Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan.