Bio

Sarazen AnYin, artist, fiber craftswoman, wordsmith, abuse and trauma survivor, PTSD sufferer, single mom of four amazing near adults. Living in Eastern TN, learning how to be comfortable being seen.
 

Born in Massachusetts, Sarazen was the child of a dysfunctional combination of North Eastern aristocracy and hard scrabble South Eastern mariners. She did most of her growing up in North Carolina right by the largest army base in the lower 48. While her toddler education included embroidery fit for any fine drawing room, other parts of her day were spent knee deep in questionable creek water catching fish and frogs.

Her youth was shadowed by familial mental illness. The arts, fiber craft and writing were her sanctuary from the chaos. Knitting and sewing carried her through the long years of getting an English degree. She picked up spinning 22 years ago shortly after the birth of her oldest daughter. Painting and felting followed almost a decade ago not long after the discovery of her husband’s double life and second family.

Today the traumatic experience of her marriage along with the joys of raising four kids and living all over the country inform her work. Themes of identity, authenticity, vulnerability, psychology, the complexity of reality and the terrible beauty of nature itself are regular creative visitors.

A member of the Foothills Craft Guild, she lives and works in Eastern Tennessee, surrounded by lush forests and the legacy of the Manhattan Project.

Statement

I find inspiration in the little things. The wayward Christmas ornament that disappeared into a dusty corner, the slow unrelenting creep of mushrooms digesting the rotting ground, sheets of shabby outdated wallpaper hidden by new, the lost, the overlooked, the forgotten, these are the things that fascinate me.

My work is made from wool, silk, feathers, fibers and whatever turns my fancy and can be needle felted onto canvas. Much of the materials I use are the by-products of yarn and fashion manufacture. Through this medium I explore themes of the passages of time, the brevity and struggle for meaning in life, the subjectiveness of reality and the challenge to live authenticly.

Using techniques from the fictional narrative frame of Broken Elms Estate, to building up layers of material into 3 dimensions on the canvas I encourage viewers to question what they’re seeing. Sometimes it’s the little things that reveal so much.

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Sarazen AnYin 

Currently lives and works in Oak Ridge TN

Solo Shows

2021 Feb – March, South Knoxville Library
2021 April, Awaken Coffee, Knoxville
2021 June, Coffee and Chocolate, Knoxville

Group Exhibitions

2021 Project Cosplay Past Winner’s Show, Animazement
2020 Alliance Members Show, The Emporium, Knoxville
2020 – 2021 Mayor’s Office Exhibit, Knoxville
2020 Group Exhibition, The Emporium, Knoxville
2020 Project Cosplay Past Winner’s Show, Animazement 
2018 Group Exhibition, The Foothills Craft Guild Show

Collections

Animazement, Raleigh NC
Private Collection, Lancaster PA

Teaching

2021 Session Instructor, PA Guild of Craftsmen
2021 Session Instructor, Smokey Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

2020 Session instructor, Smokey Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

Awards

2019 Project Cosplay, Animazement
2019 Hallway Costume Contest, Animazement

Education

Studied under: Tom Knisely, Dale Lyles, Sigrid Briansdotter, Kim Caulfield, Victoria Walker, Geri Forkner, Cathy Briscoe

Professional Organizations

Foothills Craft Guild, member
Tennesseee Valley Handspinners Guild, Vice President
PA Craft Guild, Member at Large
York Town Craft Guild, former member