We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara McKee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Making artwork, teaching others to make it, and sharing it, are all very vulnerable spaces. Every time I share an idea or artwork or encourage others to do so, it’s a risk that the ideas will be received well. There is a point however where the need to create and imagine takes over and it’s worth the risk because it’s harder to hold in the idea than to share it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am am passionate about art and learning more about creating it. My favorite art mediums to work in are clay and figurative Sculpture. I also work with and teach other art mediums including drawing, painting, design and digital media. I work hard daily as an artist and art teacher to keep a creative practice and inspire others to do the same to the best of my ability. I believe in the power of art to inspire and encourage and the value it has to give us ways to communicate the unseen. I have learned how important it is to keep creating and learning more, even when you don’t feel inspired. The toughest moments in the process are the ones that teach you the most. Getting back up over and over again despite setbacks is the key to moving forward. Gratitude for the process is also what keeps me getting up again and again. Each time I get into making an artwork there is a pause where nothing else matters but that curve, color or line. It becomes a meditation where I can zone in and tune out everything else. The work starts to take on its own personality and I love seeing how it grows and develops into the final product.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First we would start at the Arboretum. This is such a sacred and beautiful place to begin. Then we would go to the Menil for their amazing surrealist collection and beautiful new drawing building. Next we would snag food from Gooddog down the street and head back to the Menil for a Menil Park picnic lunch. After lunch, we would hit the MFAH for more artwork and end the evening with drinks and dinner at Nancy’s Hustle. All of these locations are social distance friendly and I for sure will be bringing my mask along for the ride.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my inner circle of friends and family that inspire my creativity and that help keep me making and dreaming.
New artwork images photographed by Rene Garza.