Lives and works in Minneapolis
Mentor: Christine Baeumler
Sarita Zaleha has a multidisciplinary creative practice that includes installation, photography, video, printmaking, fiber arts, and social practice. Her current work explores international perceptions of and emotional responses to climate change. Zaleha recently received her MFA in printmaking at the University of Iowa with a minor in intermedia. She has bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and religion from Case Western Reserve University and master’s degrees in art history and religion from University of Minnesota and Harvard University, respectively. Zaleha has exhibited her work extensively across the US as well as in Canada, Germany, and Iceland.
My creative research explores environmental agency and our emotional engagement with the environment. I am concerned with creating networks and patterns of connection related to climate change awareness and action. My work currently uses the form of the net to explore these interconnections and relationships between elements. How do we see the history embedded in the landscape while remaining present? How do we envision a radical interconnectedness that prompts a new understanding of the world?
From Sarita Zahela’s Proposal
My work combines printmaking with digital technologies and fiber arts to allow for alternative contexts and scales for my projects as well as a range of conceptual references. As textiles are often intimate objects laden with personal and cultural histories, I use textiles in my work to explore our personal relationship to things that can be difficult to see and understand, in particular, aspects of climate change.
Participation in this intensive fellowship program will provide resources to develop necessary skills in digital technology to make more compelling socially engaged interactive work for a large audience. Having the opportunity to discuss and critique work with program peers and mentors will challenge my work conceptually. I look forward to having a supportive environment to improve my coding skills to create large-scale interactive installations.