Beauty Can Be Found While Lying on the Floor
Artist: Sarah Perez
Words: Samantha Shaw
Sarah Perez is a metal artist who creates sculptural mobiles and wall hangings from brass sheet and tubing. She runs her business, Electric Sun Creatives, from her home studio in Sacramento’s Warehouse Artist Lofts. Sarah’s work is inspired by the shapes and beauty surrounding her, and Alexander Calder, the father of kinetic sculpture.
You'll often find Sarah on the floor of her studio, playing with the shifting of shapes until the balance and composition feels right. She manipulates wire, cuts out shapes, files, sands, and then begins stringing all the pieces together. “My creative process looks like sitting on a cement floor with a ton of cut-out brass shapes that I then proceed to move around until a design pops. I rarely sketch designs out — I’m all about the experimental, trial and error, hands-on process.”
Sarah was always a creative kid and recalls taking every high school art class that was offered. “For some reason though, I didn’t pursue a creative field until 5 years of focusing on majors and careers that didn’t fit. I then moved to a new town, started a new life, and took all of the art classes I could. My creativity blossomed ten-fold and I started my business soon after.” In a sense, her pieces have become markers for her creative journey. Each piece represents a different season, and it serves to catalogue her growth over time.
I think this month will mark an important one in Sarah’s creative journey. After accidentally deleting her Instagram business account a few weeks ago, her community showed up for her. Within a few days, her new account reached over 5K followers, and through the kindness of a perfect stranger (a friend of a friend who works for Facebook), her old account was restored. Through the chaos of losing her community of 21K+, Sarah consciously decided to practice acceptance and resilience. “I was definitely bummed, but I had a perspective-shift pretty quickly, as I was sitting with my 4-year-old daughter. She didn’t care about Instagram, she just wanted my presence. I realized how silly it was to mourn this thing for too long, reminding myself that I’m not a victim and that I can choose resiliency.”
Instagram is just a funny little app in the grand scheme of things, but when you’re a small business owner, losing your primary audience in entirety is a massive blow. As I listened to Sarah speak about the mishap with acceptance, I really did get the sense that her work carries around a lot of her character. When the sun streams in and hits the hanging brass elements, they radiate a warm light back into the room. Sarah glows with this same energy. She’s living proof that beauty can be found while lying on the floor, and I think this can speak figuratively to life and art too.