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Biography: Sarah Briland

Sarah Briland

Trained in geology, artist Sarah Briland creates fossils for the future. Using found objects from nature as well as disposable man-made objects as a base, she adds glass elements that resemble lichen, crystals, and other geological specimens. Briland’s work looks like it may have been extracted from the West Virginia landscape where she was born and raised. “I draw upon my experiences as an artist and researcher to survey, interpret, and re-imagine my environment,” she explained. “In my studio, I examine new ways to think about glass and investigate natural phenomena through my art.”

Briland earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where she currently lives and works. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums around the country and has appeared in American Craft magazine, UrbanGlass Quarterly, and New Glass Review 35. Briland was selected as one of the 100 artists included in New Glass Now, which opened at The Corning Museum of Glass in May 2019.

In May 2019, Briland was an Artist-in-Residence at The Studio, during which time she developed a new body of work that explores the superstitious, mystical, and pseudo-scientific methods humans have used to stave off cataclysm and environmental collapse.