An American with Choctaw and Chitimacha ancestry, Sarah Sense weaves together found imagery and her own landscape photography using traditional basket-making techniques. In Choctaw Irish Relation (2015) Sarah revisits stories told to her by her Choctaw grandmother, in particular the history of a Choctaw community that gave financial aid to the Irish during the famine of the 1840s. Sense’s intricately structured compositions divulge a hidden network of perspectives, family ties and migratory paths.

Sarah Sense is from Sacramento and currently lives in Bristol. She received a BFA from California State University Chico in 2003, and a MFA from Parsons the New School for Design, New York in 2005. Sense is currently researching Native North American histories in England which will be explored with her first permanent installation in Plymouth in 2020. She has participated in numerous international artist residencies including the Smithsonian Artist Fellowship, the Banff Centre, Arizona State University, Santa Rosa Factoría de Arte, Santiago and the Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol. Her work is included in collections at the Asheville Art Museum, Santa Clara University, Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, Mexico City, the Smithsonian National Museum of the America Indian, New York, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, and Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt.

  • Choctaw Irish Relation Series, 2015