Sarah Bliss is a multimedia artist based in Massachusetts investigating the complex relationships between body, place, language and memory. Her work is rooted in sensory ethnography, kinesthetic exploration, and historical research. Recent work was incubated during an extensive stay on the remote Gaeltacht (Gaelic-speaking) coast of southwest County Kerry, Ireland. This ongoing project investigates the workings and failings of memory; the nature of a language's rootedness in place, body, and culture; and the relationship of body to land. The people and community of Ballinskelligs (pop. 600), with whom she worked closely, are not only subjects, but also participants in the making of the work.
She works across disciplines: video, photography, sound, installation, performance and sculpture.
Bliss received her Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Her work has been recognized by a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation; and she is the recipient of full fellowship awards from the Cill Rialaig Project in Ballinskelligs, Ireland, and the Vermont Studio Center. Recent solo shows were at the Sarah Doyle Gallery at Brown University, Rhode Island, and Interstitial Theatre in Seattle. Her work has been screened at the TransArt Film Festival in Berlin; Espaço Cultural ESPM in Porte Alegre, Brazil; the WORK Gallery in Detroit; and ArtJail in New York. She serves as Vice President of the Board of Temenos, an off-the-grid non-sectarian retreat center in rural Massachusetts.