Sarah Rehmer was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, where she still resides. In 2003 Rehmer earned her BA in Graphic Design and Photography from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She found her love for working with pages from old books while auditing a class post-graduation at the university. Rehmer is a FY2012 Illinois Arts Council - Professional Development Grant recipient and her work is held in private collections in Illinois, New York and Norway, as well as Institutional and Corporate collections in Illinois and New York. Rehmer teaches classes and workshops around the Midwest at venues such as The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI), The Peninsula School of Art (WI) and The Figge Art Museum (IA) and is also a regional workshop instructor for R&F Handmade Paints.
Says Sarah about her work:
My ongoing body of work uses the dismantled and decaying antique book as metaphor for memory and more specifically memory loss. I use the interior pages of the book, both the blank end pages that are devoid of information and the interior text pages, presented out of order and lacking context. I am interested in what happens to these memories when they can no longer be remembered. Like the question of the tree in the forest, if the individual can no longer recall an event or memory, did it ever really occur?
In my series of work upheavals and outbursts, I am interested in what happens to those memories and events that we choose to forget or ignore. Often we deeply bury memories that we just plain do not want to deal with or remember, however, eventually something will trigger these memories to rise to the surface and breakthrough in perhaps an unpleasant or confrontational manner.
positive/negative stories #2, encaustic and paper on panel, 8" x 10" x 4"
positive/negative stories #3, encaustic, paper, silk, and oil on panel 7" x 5" x 5"
positive/negative stories #4, encaustic, paper, oil on panel, 5" x 7" x 4"
positive/negative stories #5, encaustic, paper, oil on panel, 12" x 6"x 4"
positive/negative stories #6, encaustic, paper, oil on panel, 12" x 6" x 4"
positive/negative stories #7, encaustic, paper, oil on panel, 12' x 6" x 4"
positive/negative stories #1, encaustic, paper, oil on panel 8" x 8" x 4"
positive/negative stories #8, encaustic and paper on panel, 24" x 6" x 4"