Sarah Jenkins – USA (Multimedia Competition Winner 2017)

Sarah E. Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist working in stop motion animation, drawing, and sewing. She creates animation devices with the materials of her practice: charcoal, t-pins, thread, and cardboard. The objects in her animations rotate, cut, pour, and repeat as they carry out small labors. Her work is inspired by blue collar labor and its dualisms: women’s/men’s, clean/dirty, indoor/outdoor. Jenkins comes from a long line of coal miners/laborers and grew up in an Appalachian coal town in Pennsylvania. She recently returned from a grant-funded trip to the valleys of South Wales, where she interviewed ex coal miners centered around the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape.