Sarah McDermott

Personal Information

Sarah McDermott makes books and prints as the Kidney Press. She also collaborates on certain small press ventures, including the magazine Birkensnake. Sarah got her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. She was a Van Lier Scholar at the Center for Book Arts in New York City in 2010-11 and a resident at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in 2011. In addition to the Corcoran, Sarah has taught at the Center for Book Arts and the Book Arts Roundtable in New Jersey. Her work is held in multiple public and private collections including Yale University Arts Library, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Brown University Artists' Books Collection. 

"My work centers on issues of power, exploring relations and dominations between people, between people and animals, and between people and their environments. I frequently work from a close reading of a text, responding to the relationships embedded within both the narrative and the syntax. I focus on the book as an object, thinking about the psychic effects of structural unity, transparency, and disintegration, and how these impact the reading of a text or set of images. In doing so, I generally starts with raw materials: fiber becomes paper, receives print, becomes book."

Compendium of Domestic Incidents
Problems of Scale