This Doll’s House was an immersive site-specific installation created for INK Miami Art Fair in 2017 by multi-media artist Sara Zielinski. This exhibition features monotypes, lithographs, and silkscreens from This Doll’s House, depicting a variety of domestic scenes.
As a person who has spent much of her life uncomfortable, I recognize that my latest work reveals an obsession with comfort and discomfort. The work is about relationships; it is about home and domesticity; it is about the experience of being female; and it is about pain. Reflecting on this work I see the near constant discomfort I’ve felt in my life – with men, sexuality, physical injury, and psychosomatic pain – and I see a tremendous effort to create comfort. I seek to transform hard spaces into soft, inviting ones. I print faces on walls to create ever-present companions. In a room surrounded by my characters, I am not alone, nor is anyone else who enters the space. I find comfort here, comfort in not being alone and comfort in my ability to create. This is my power. Creating – printing, drawing, painting, building, sewing – is how I convert pain into peace. My work is conceptual and handmade; it is about communicating ideas while never letting viewers forget the hand behind the mind. The naïve quality of my line creates a sense of playfulness and humor, even when the subject matter becomes painful. By omitting details and eschewing perfection, I can communicate ideas more directly. Making and revising marks in Sharpie, ink, or drypoint prevents total erasure; the imperfections betray the process. My practice is not fixed. I’m constantly incorporating new materials, processes, and techniques, and my choice of media follows the needs of each project. I am motivated by growing my practice. My goal is to never stop making things. I want to create a fully articulated universe.