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Sarah Ross: Terms and Conditions

Sarah Ross (UCI Art) Graduate

About the Project: Plans for items of jewelry that can be converted into self-defense items primarily intended for use by sex workers. The piece of jewelry will be an aesthetically pleasing self-defense tool that has the capability to release pepper spray. Terms and Conditions brings together an array of media and individuals in order to recognize and question sex, work, and labor issues.

About the Artist: Sarah Ross is an artist who works in sculpture, video and photo. Her projects use narrative and the body to address spatial concerns as they relate to access, class, anxiety and activism. Sarah also works collaboratively with other artists on projects such as Compass (of the MRCC) and Regional Relationships. She has co-curated exhibitions at SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, and PS122, New York. She teaches at The School of the Art Institute Chicago and a Illinois state prison, and works with local initiatives to provide education and literature to people in Illinois state prisons. Sarah is the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts and the Illinois Art Council. Some of her work has been exhibited in venues such as the Armory, Pasadena, CA; Gallery 727, Los Angeles; PS122, New York; Roots and Culture Gallery, Chicago; Pinkard Gallery, Baltimore; META Cultural Foundation, Romania and the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal.

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