Sara Lovas moved back to Dallas from New York City because she missed you that much. Luckily, Texas has not totally removed the Manhattanness from her soul, or she could not have a page this excellent on her Web site (press link to understand). Sara graduated from SMU’s Communications program in the ’90s, then a decade later studied Arts Administration at NYU. Having done both the Yin and the Yang, Sara is preparing for her very first Art Conspiracy.
What are your mediums and what is your creative process?
I am a mixed-media sculptor and work in everything from acrylic paint and polymer clay to cast bronze and welded steel. As far as a creative process, for the past several years, I have had a 2-hour daily commute, so most of my choices of structure or materials and an overall concept for each piece happen before I even get into the studio. I have a lot of time to think about what best conveys my vision for each piece. My work is autobiographical, but meant to communicate universal experiences, emotions or situations.
What does “guerilla-style” art mean to your work?
I generally work pretty methodically and this is the first year I’ve participated in Art Conspiracy, so I don’t know exactly what to expect. But I think it’s important for every artist to get out of their comfort zone. That’s how interesting things happen and new ideas emerge in one’s work. To me, “guerilla-style” means letting go of that control and just seeing what can happen in 2½ hours.
This year’s theme is “Deconstructed.” What facet of life would you like to deconstruct?
On a personal level, having just returned to Dallas eight months ago, I’m more in a “reconstruct” mode.
I think as a society we need to deconstruct our preconceived notions and devaluing of arts education. Many years ago I applied to teach art at a public school only to find that the entire art program was cut from the budget. Arts education, whether it be visual or performing, music or dance, benefits a society in so many ways, beyond the individual arts. Yet we devalue it and so many truly great programs struggle to find funding. This event benefits a cause and organization, Preservation LINK, which I truly believe in.
A conspiracy requires two or more persons. Who are your partners in whatever sneaky plot you are devising right now?
That’s a secret.
Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas, Texas 75212 — Art Conspiracy 4: Deconstructed. Ten bucks at the door. 150 artists and three killer bands.