In July 2013, New York based illustrator and photographer Sarah Rosado embarked on a new mixed-media adventure she calls “Dirty Little Secrets”. A blend of art and photography, her imaginative series reveals the unexpected beauty that can come from a not-so-pretty medium… dirt.
Each of Sarah’s “Dirty Little Secrets” starts as an illustration of sorts. Using real dirt she sources from local parks, Sarah shapes it into everyday objects with her hands and other tools. She then adds accessories to create a 3-D effect that really brings the piece to life. In her final step, she photographs the sculptural dirt illustrations on a stark white background.
Sarah told WYSK, “Depending on the amount of changes to be made, it typically takes 2 – 3 hours to complete the process.”
But why use earth/soil/terra firma as her medium? She shared with us, “I wanted to do something different, something challenging. I had seen other artists do art with food and other objects but I had never seen art with dirt. That’s where the idea came from.”
For Sarah, each image has its own meaning and viewers can decide what they really see and what it means to them. She says, “Who knows, they may find some ‘dirty’ little secrets.”
Over last four months, Sarah has completed nearly all of the 100 pieces she plans to include in this series. Here are some of our favorites.
All images copyright 2013 – SR Artwork
More About Sarah Rosado:
Now in her early thirties, Sarah’s passion for art has always been a big part of her life. At the age of 5, she found herself scribbling drawings all over her notebook and everything she could get her hands on.
Over the years Sarah continued her drawings, which evolved from pencil to the computer, where she mastered the Paint Shop program. She more recently developed an interest in photography, focusing on capturing images and other creative scenes that are intended to fool the eye of the beholder with thought provoking and illusional images that are open for different interpretations.