SARAH TREHARNE

ABOUT

Sarah Treharne (b. 1992) lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2014. In 2015 and 2017 she attended a summer intensive residency at Chautauqua Institution. In the fall of 2016 Treharne was the recipient of the Emily Mason Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. In 2018 she received a partial grant to attend the residency Can Serrat in El Bruc, Barcelona, Spain. She has shown in various group exhibitions including “Soft Animal” at Field Projects in NY, “Small Works” at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, “Action Verbs > Action Words” at Pink Noise Project in Philadelphia, and “B.A.S.E.” at Anna Zorina gallery in NY. During the summer of 2019 she participated in the New York Studio School’s two week drawing marathon. Treharne recently received her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 

STATEMENT

My work examines my personal narrative and daily experiences as a woman. The manager of a restaurant I used to work at once told me (and our mostly female staff) that men are more professional than women, and this is why they are hired more often. Painting is a place for me to express my frustrations or questions into humor and form. Through narrative and painting I examine the confined gender roles that still hamper society today, including within my family and personal relationships, and to see my body in space (personal, political, social) as a woman. 

Feminism is the lens through which I see the world and my paintings come out of that. Through narrative I explore what I’m interested in and what I feel; intimacy, gender roles, humor, our current political climate, family, or just sitting in bed with my phone while I should be getting ready for work. I tell (and layer) stories of my experiences, memories, emotions, interests, and questions. Painting is a space where I examine these concepts without having to explicitly state my frustrations of what I cannot control, from Trump-supporting family to a mansplaining manager, into something more.

Angel on my Shoulder 

Sarah Treharne

Acrylic on canvas

24” x 18”

2020

(left) PAFA tells faculty not to affiliate the school with BLM.

Sarah Treharne

Acrylic on panel

12” x 9”

2020

(right) PAFA 990: Social club dues are paid for the president.

Sarah Treharne

Acrylic on panel

12” x 16”

2020

bell hooks: men, masculinity, and love

Sarah Treharne

Acrylic on panel

12” x 9”

2020

location + contact

Cherry Street Pier & Race Street Pier

121 N. Columbus Blvd

Philadelphia PA 19106

@testinggroundsphilly

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