Miss Sarah is a young art teacher in Orlando. She loves teaching, however her students from wealthy families more often than not make it difficult due to their inattention or meanness. Her class size for the sculpturing and ceramics is 38 students. Sometimes they’d rather use their creativity to throw clay at someone than to make a it into a pot.
“Some of my friends have left teaching,” she says. Clearly this is not her intention as she loves art in all its forms. starting early while a high school student to pursue her talent at Universal to draw caricatures of people. Her web site sarahmbender.com features prints depicting her old-fashioned love of chickens wearing aprons.
She’s sometimes is quite bold. My favorite print of hers is a this back view of a nude. It has a chicken head pointing dramatically at the viewer. On her business card, the front view has a view of a proud chicken’s head, too . The back states she is not only a painter, sculptor, and art teacher, but optimist.
On her website she tells WHY she likes chickens. Check it out.
Art is an escape; a place where things look different than our reality. I have transformed the children’s book character ‘Little Red Hen’ along with other disturbingly nostalgic imagery into symbols of the complex role women play in contemporary society. The viewer is left feeling uncomfortably amused as whimsically weird subjects stare them down. Seemingly banal settings of floral wallpaper, sprawling landscapes, and chicken coops come off as oddly threatening. Chickens represent the absurdity and senselessness of over analyzing our gender roles, the fulfillment we seek, and the judgment we encounter, by labeling ourselves as mothers, wives, career women, or otherwise I am the chicken.