100 Creatives

86: Sarah Hurwitz

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives .

Sarah Hurwitz has a big, sparkly, fantastic imagination.

The mixed-media artist was born in Phoenix, moved to Colorado to study painting and ceramics, moved to Tucson to study painting, and then (thankfully) came back home. She says she Clark Kents at Burgeon Group, a design-and-build firm that makes large-scale interactive installations for children's libraries, she teaches drawing at Paradise Valley Community College, and is a member of eye lounge gallery in downtown Phoenix.

She's been to more than 15 countries, and her artwork (including an interactive Meat Market and a map of Phoenix) has been featured in galleries in Arizona, Los Angles, Colorado, Chicago, and New York City.

"In between all that I have developed a strong fondness for yellow curry, television, skeletons, spray paint, marshmallows, paychecks, anagram games, books with pictures, Internet shopping and creating paintings and installations about detaching yourself from the duties of daily by creating new fanciful imaginary environments."

I make art because . . .Who knows, it is just something I do. I always wished I had a cool story like: "And that's when I decided to become an artiste! But really an academic advisor asked me to choose a major, and it became official.

I came to Phoenix with . . . Well I was born here, so I came with two brothers, a mom and a pop and a dachsund named Toby. I spent 10 years away, circled the globe, settled in Boulder, Tucson, and Los Angeles. And came back to Phoenix with a taxidermied horse (of my own creation) and lots of vintage industrial metal furniture on wheels.

I'm most productive when . . . there is a deadline, duh!

My inspiration wall is full of . . . rub-on letters, Polaroids of pals, vintage patterns, photos and other art with good color schemes (I'm terrible with color), and a million scraps of magazines that clearly meant something to me at one time.

I've learned the most from . . . I've learned the most from a fellow artist and friend, Adin De Masi, we met in graduate school and with all that academic nonesense he taught me that my most complicated ideas were usually my worst, my silliest the best, that paint is pretty, the little things are just as relevant, how to draw a good nose, and that good art takes time time time and there is no way around that. (see some of his work here...)

Good work should always . . . have humor and heart.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . It needs something, I've always been better at the making art part than the administrative part, but I guess more buyers, more non-cooperative galleries, and more R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (find out what it means to me).

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter

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Claire Lawton
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