Sarah Logan | Hatfield Marine Science Center
Object Studies: Artist Sarah Logan in Residence at Hatfield
In collaboration with PRAx, Hatfield Marine Science Center is pleased to present the work of contemporary artist Sarah Logan. Working within mutual interests in water-fed ecosystems and endangered landscapes, Logan’s interdisciplinary artwork are deeply personal interpretations of artmaking in ephemeral conditions. Sarah’s hand-carved ceramics and improvised “rain drawings” were meticulously made through her observation as an artist and “citizen scientist.”
The PRAx-Hatfield collaboration centers on small exhibitions of artists who have engaged with oceanographic science and observation. Seeking out professional contemporary artists exploring topics ranging from watershed ecology to climate change, the initiative will frequently feature creatives who have been in residence “at sea” or within other institutions of marine research.
Sarah Logan x The Plankton Ecology Lab
Oregon State University Faculty member Su Sponagle is the 2023 recipient of the LL Stewart Fellowship, awarded to a scientific researcher whose excellence in their field has been identified as potential inspiration to artists and humanities scholars.
Visual artist Sarah Logan was selected by PRAx to be embedded within Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Plankton Ecology Lab (headed by Sponagle). With the technical and scientific guidance of the PEL, Logan is engaged in the making of new creative work influenced by various research and site-based encounters during her time as artist-in-residence.
About the artist
Sarah Logan (b. 1982) is a northern California-based artist working in wood-fire ceramics and work on paper. Her artwork is informed and motivated by her curiosity about natural phenomena and by her interest in citizen science related to intertidal ecosystems. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2005 and a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Sierra Nevada University in 2022.
Logan’s interest with wood-fire process has led to working relationships with Flynn Creek Pottery in Comptche California and Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project in Loch Lomond California. She is a frequent volunteer at the Noyo Marine Center in Fort Bragg, Calif.