top of page

Sarah Rosalena (Wixárika) is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist working between traditional handicraft traditions and emerging technologies in textile, beadwork, and clay. Throughout her career, Rosalena has built a reputation for breaking boundaries through her hybrid forms rooted in indigenous cosmologies, re-interpreted through digital tools and her hand. Most notably, her handwoven digital textiles and her woven 3D ceramic prints. Her work breaks down technology with material interventions, creating new narratives for hybrid objects that function between human and nonhuman, ancient and future, handmade and autonomous, beyond power structures rooted in colonialism. Her forms generate new possibilities as we attempt to define ourselves to technology and innovation.  

Born from multi-generations of women weavers, she works from her digital Jacquard loom to her mother’s bead loom, mixing hand-dyed natural colors, including cochineal and indigo, with a synthetic, pixelated palette to produce her unbordered textiles. Programming her 3D ceramic printer to imitate indigenous coil pot techniques, she fabricates "anti-vessels" that mimic the patterns of weaving and basketry. Her recent mid-career survey, In All Directions, examined the geo-political effects of climate change, dispossession, artificial intelligence, and extractive industries to imagine futures beyond these logics and resolutions.

She is Assistant Professor of Art at UC Santa Barbara in Computational Craft and Haptic Media. She was recently given the Creative Capital Award, the LACMA Art + Tech Lab Grant, the Artadia Award, the Steve Wilson Award from Leonardo, the International Society for Art, Sciences, and Technology, and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Art Prize. She has had solo exhibitions with LACMA, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Clockshop, and Blum & Poe Gallery. Her work is in the permanent collection at LACMA. 

 

sarahrosalena1_edited.jpg
bottom of page