Artist Statement

Through photography and video, I perform as both subject and director of subversive acts.  I am interested in the gestures, postures, and clothing that make up a legible identity and how these can be disrupted and refigured. I have poured acetone out of a coffee carafe, re-educated my phone with Pitbull lyrics, masqueraded as a magazine cover, and emerged from the San Francisco Bay in full office wear. I wonder what can be revealed by wearing the mask of another? What can be revealed when wearing a mask of your own image?

Absurdity is my strategy of seduction; familiar signs of identity get twisted, flattened and decontextualized. In my photographic images, I can be a cowboy taken out of the desert, a white-collar Venus born again each work day, or a living statue on a wooden pedestal. My body is a sculptural tool that allows me to find potential in a space of impossibility. In the paradox of self-performance, I wear a mask not to conceal but to reveal the mask that is my face.


Sarah Player Morrison is a multidisciplinary artist based in Richmond, CA. She recently completed her MFA at Mills College. She is a graduate fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts from July 2019 – June 2020.


MFA     Art Practice, Mills College, 2019

BA       Practice of Art, UC Berkeley, 2011

BA       Rhetoric, UC Berkeley, 2011



2019    Shelf Life: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland

2019    Support the Tropes - MFA Video Showcase, Artist Television Access, San Francisco

2018    Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, SOMArts, San Francisco

2018    Potluck, Slidespace 123, Oakland

2017    Sight Unscene, Roll Up Project, Oakland

2017    Sculpture as a Verb, Underline Projects, Berkeley

2017    UC Berkeley Alumni Show, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley

2013    Public Education Juried Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco

2012    Corporeal, Martina }{ Johnston Gallery, Berkeley

2011    Wednesday Night Club – Honors Show, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley



2019 Graduate Fellowship, Headlands Center for the Arts

2018   Murphy Cadogan Award & Scholarship, The San Francisco Foundation

2011    Certificate of Excellence in Painting, UC Berkeley

2011    Highest Honors, Practice of Art, UC Berkeley

2011    Honors Studio, UC Berkeley



2019    Advanced Drawing, Teaching Assistant to Yulia Pinkusevich, Mills College

2018    Advanced Painting, Teaching Assistant to Jenifer Wofford, Mills College



2019 MFA Now Catalog, Root Division, San Francisco