Sabrina Zarco is an award winning autistic Chicana queer femme multi-media artist, activist, cultural worker and community educator. She uses her unique way of experiencing the world fused with cultural influences to create her visual artwork. Her distinctive self taught processes of creating art manifests in a variety of multi textural mediums with a primary focus on using fiber art as a base. Sabrina’s works tell stories, show us dreams, and visually articulates how she views the world.
Like outsider artists that came before; her work is a visual journal of her walk as a part of marginalized communities. Sabrina’s work documents stories often overlooked by mainstream media. Her raw materials are often reclaimed items and fabrics giving artistic life to cast offs. Sabrina uses bright colors and images of her heritage juxtaposed with textural layers which may be beads, buttons, paint, drawing, photos, embroidery, and found objects to illuminate the stories in her artwork. These seductive surfaces draw viewers in to examine not only the materials of the work but the subject matter as well. Her work often explores and celebrates cultural traditions, women, social justice issues, environmental concerns, and the romance of everyday life.
Sabrina’s work sheds light on these everyday stories, preserving them and promoting dialog. She believes these authentic conversations serve as a healing tool for personal and community empowerment.
Only taking a few commissions a year, Sabrina creates personal work using an interview method to ensure the client is part of the creative process. Being autistic, Sabrina “thinks in pictures” so the dialog with the client is essential to the process. These devotions are articulated into a visual often multi dimensional one of a kind artwork to honor and celebrate loved ones or special events for the client.
Sabrina’s work tends to provoke thoughts, pose questions, and generate dialogue at her exhibitions, lectures, and workshops. Her work can be found in private collections, national, and international exhibits.