A Visit with Artist Sara Rabin

June 10, 2016




A few months ago we had the pleasure to work with artist Sara Rabin on our ad in Riot of Perfume magazines latest issue. We caught up with Sara this spring to ask her a few questions and take a peek into her studio life. 

Where were you born?

Evanston, ILL but I grew up in Cincinnati OH

Why are you living in New York?

I ask myself this question every single day. I love it here, I moved here for school and I just have not left.

Can you describe your practice? What's informing your work?

Its very much stream-of-conscious drawing...I work fast because I think fast. Its hard for me to slow down and paint or do digital work but I enjoy that also. I process things around me and then put them onto paper. My work is informed by people. I am interested in people- people I know, my friends, strangers, celebrities, movie characters, book characters...also fashion. I love fashion illustration but I don't do it as much as I used to.

What subject matter are you drawn towards right now?

I'm at a cross-roads right now...I want to turn away from the superficiality of just portraits and try to show something deeper in my work but I'm not sure how. I am still drawn towards people and their emotions but I'm beginning to bore myself with just portraits. Everyone is starting to look the same to me.

What's going on in your creative community these days?

I don't know, I'm not a good participant in the creative community, I've always done my own thing. I think group shows are a big deal these days. I have been in a handful. They cast a wide net of work. This makes me sad and happy. Its great that the art community is so inclusive currently but also I think that negates the importance of the work. At least that is how I see it.

Anything coming up this year that we should keep an eye out for?

I'm thinking about getting back into screen printing...I also may make another book of my subway drawings. Alas; I have no idea what I'm doing half the time but its fun that way. Stay tuned!


Photo:  Caroline Gohlke

Interview: Dani Griffiths