“Rosalena’s work dexterously enmeshes technology with traditional craft techniques. She translates code-based source imagery into resonant two and three-dimensional forms, using yarn, beads, clay, and more. There she reveals the erased labor and knowledge that were key to developing digital technology to begin with.” – Juror Henriette Huldisch, Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Walker Art Center.
Sarah Rosalena Brady (b. 1982 Los Angeles, CA) is an interdisciplinary artist working in computational craft, textile, beadwork, and digital ceramics. Her recent solo shows include Clockshop and Blum & Poe Gallery. She was recently given the Creative Capital Award, the LACMA Art + Tech Lab Grant, the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Art Prize, the Steve Wilson Award from Leonardo, the International Society for Art, Sciences, and Technology, and the Craft Futures Grant from Center for Craft. Her textile and ceramic work are in the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is Assistant Professor of Computational Craft at UC Santa Barbara. She is a third generation Angeleno from Northeast Los Angeles and is based in DTLA. She is multiracial of Wixárika, Laguna Pueblo, and Irish descent.
Rosalena’s work deconstructs technology with material interventions, creating hybrid objects that function between human/nonhuman, ancient/future, handmade/autonomous, beyond power structures rooted in colonialism. They collapse binaries and borders, creating new epistemologies between Earth and Space. Rosalena is shaped by the origins, character, and assembly of weaving, including the Wixárika weaving tradition passed down her matrilineal bloodline.