Sara Holwerda grew up in an unincorporated small town in central Michigan named after the plant that killed Socrates. She went on to be fully educated in the state, with a BFA from University of Michigan and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
The almost constant performance required of women in society, especially women in entertainment and service industry roles, is a cultural condition that Holwerda investigates and responds to in her work. Her ten-year career as a competitive figure skater encouraged an exaggerated level of self-awareness about how her body looks and performs, introduced her to many classical and Broadway tunes, and inspired a taste for heavily sequined garments.
She lives and works in Chicago.
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