The American artist Sarah Jane Lapp has spent the last two decades making moving images and works on paper.
She specializes in the social practice and production of artisan events and images that work with non-fiction, comic personae, religious imagination, and, often, hand-drawn animation made from her own fountain pen. Ms. Lapp borrows the magic of metamorphosis—an animator's foundation—to connect people to one another and to quirky fabric of the universe. Having spent five years as an editorial cartoonist/visual artist for the Hearst daily, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Ms. Lapp continues to chronicle life through her absurdist lens. A Fulbright fellow, cum laude graduate of Brown University, and merit scholar at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ms. Lapp is a committed educator who most recently held visiting faculty appointments at Harvard and Wellesley and currently mentors children-at-risk in Providence and students of all ages in New England. In 2013 she will spearhead an animation production program for seniors citizens in Southern Massachusetts.
Past exhibition venues include Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, British Film Institute, Kino Arsenal, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, PBS, SXSW, Tacoma Art Museum, the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum/New York, the Museum of Fine Art/Boston, Tacoma Art Museum, Walker Art Center.
Fellowships: Massachusetts Cultural Council (2013),Santa Fe Art Institute (2011), Seattle City Artist’s Grant (2010), Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Media Grant (2007), the Alpert Award in the Arts/UCross Residency Award (2007), The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center (2007 -in collaboration with Mark Dresser), Artist Trust Gap Grant (2004),the MacDowell Colony (2001, 2000) a Jerome Foundation New York Media Grant (2000), a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Grant (2000), Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts (2000), the Atlantic Center Center for the Arts/Civitella Ranieri (2000), and an Artslink/CEC International Partners Media Grant (1997 with Jenny Perlin).
Galleries/Dealers: Galerie Altes Rathaus Musberg/Katja Goldbeck Horz;Berthold Naumann, Aimee Friberg/Hatch Gallery/K. Imperial Fine Art, Ziyad & Co, and Seventh Art Releasing in the USA.
Across the Pond
- Featured on Bettina Munk's and Björn Hegardt's Lines Fiction, June 2012
- Galerie Berthold Naumann announcement, May 8, 2009
- Stuttgarter Nachrichten, May 6, 2009
- Sarah Jane Lapp in Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 5, 2006 (PDF)
- Modern Art in Alten Rathaus, Filder wochenblatt, April 6, 2006 (PDF)
Across the Country
- Boston Hassle, SKYJELLY – “The 6 Is Silent”
- San Diego Reader, Mark Dresser: Defining the Solo Contrabass at UCSD
- Jazz Messengers, Synastry
- Outside-Inside-Out, Christmas Gift Suggestions for that Avant Garde Lover in Your Life
- Robert Bush's response to "Nourishments"
- Seattlest, October 20, 2009, I Wanna be a Professional Eulogist
- The New York Times, A Film Festival for a Jewish World That Spans the Globe, by A.O. Scott
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 15, 2007, The artist lineup for Tacoma Art Museum's Northwest Biennial is irresistible
- The Enterprise, October 1, 2008, Lapp Exhibit at Anderson Center
- The Stranger, September 10, 2008, 2008 Stranger Genius Awards Shortlist: Film
- La Trobe University, Screening the Past, What Should I Make Up? An inquiry into autobiography. Interview with Sarah Jane Lapp.