There is a space where time stands still, and one is in the rhythm of creation: a place where one experiences a deep breath of fresh air, the forms of trees, the colors of leaves, the stirring of wind that causes water to ripple, and the shimmering reflections of light. These are the moments when I feel most free, integrating this sense of freedom into my work, finding the common thread in all of creation by investigating the patterns in nature, the human body, and the cosmos.
My work explores transcendent identity and the rebuilding of life, evolving from my own cross-cultural identities as an immigrant, as a South Asian, as a naturalized American citizen, and as a woman. I develop new realities from broken parts by creating spaces that serve as sanctuaries and retreats from the upheavals of life; places for meditation and to experience wonderment. 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.