A brief interview with 2016 Open Studio Tour Artist: Sara Dittrich


Can you tell us a little bit about the work that you do in your studio?
I often take a multimedia approach, using sculptural objects, musical performance, video, and interactive electronic technologies to investigate the dynamic acts of listening, communicating and moving. Most recently though I’ve been obsessed with using doll push molds to create hundreds of tiny ears and feet out of clay. I find the repetitive process of using these molds very meditative. Philosopher Henri Lefebvre’s text, “Rhythmanalysis”, has inspired this latest body of work as he writes, “He listens—and first to his body; he learns rhythm from it, in order consequently to appreciate external rhythms. His body serves him as a metronome.” In Lefebvre’s text he further explains how the body is the first point of analysis when it comes to interpreting the myriad of rhythms that surround us (e.g. social, cultural, musical, biological, environmental). I use devices such as repetition, absurdity, and collaboration to filter in the physical rhythms and movements of the body created by the accumulation of footsteps, breaths, and heartbeats. These tools work together to place the viewer in the here and now, and create spaces to “just be”.


Artwork by Sara Dittrich

What drew you to the medium(s) that you are currently working with?
Typically, in my practice using one medium naturally leads to using another, such as using video to document a performance. In 2015 I participated in 3 residency programs that led me to explore more portable mediums such as photography and mold making. (When living nomadically, it’s hard to think large scale). I gravitate towards using so many mediums because there is a certain creative freedom that comes with working in a naïve nature. You do not become weighed down by what previous artists in that medium have done, or get caught up in having correct technique, or discard ideas because you think it’s not possible/feasible.
Artwork by Sara Dittrich

What is something that you think is unique about your studio or practice?
I love to collaborate with people in other fields. I’ve done projects with composers, poets, luthiers, and programmers. Right now I’m on the lookout for an experimental dance troupe to work with.

What is one thing you love about being an artist in Baltimore?
Having the freedom and support to experiment.
Artwork by Sara Dittrich

What are you most excited about for this year’s Open Studio Tour?
Seeing what other artists are up to, and having the chance to get some feedback on what I’ve been working on.
Artwork by Sara Dittrich

Sara Dittrich’s studio at Woodberry Studios (2121 Druid Park Ave) will be open to visitors on Saturday 3-6pm & Sunday 10am-6pm. Some parking instructions:

The entrance to the parking lot of the studio building is marked by black barrels. Once you turn into the lot, you will see a concrete ramp on your right. The entrance door to the studios is at the top of the ramp. You can park at the top of the ramp or at the bottom of it.

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