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 an American, and as a woman. I develop new realities from broken parts as a metaphor for rebuilding life after destructive experiences, and create spaces that serve as sanctuaries and retreats from the upheavals of life; places for meditation and to experience wonderment.
There is a space where time stands still, and one is in the rhythm of creation, when one is immersed in nature, experiencing its energy and visual wonders. 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 examines issues of identity, migration, belonging, and transcending all categorizations into a space of one’s own, a liminal space from where one can create new realities.
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 Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville,Tennessee, the Art Design Consultants Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, 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.