I believe art and design can catalyze us to protect earth's precious biodiversity.

 Sarah Bird is an artist working in photography, sculpture and filmmaking, and a PhD candidate at UC Santa Cruz in Film and Digital Media. Her current work explores the relationships between humans and other beings in the natural world in order to right the relationships in our web of being, to cultivate our capacities to care, and to catalyze us to protect earth’s precious biodiversity. This interest in relationship manifests in photographic and sculptural works about physical and time scale, currently taking the form of life-sized portraits of coast redwood trees. In Mapping Giants, a project in development, Bird will photograph and print an entire coast redwood tree life size, and show it on a building in conversation with the urban environment.


Her show Trees opened in October 2019 at M.Patmos in Brooklyn, New York, and her project A Vision for Mapping Giants at CCA, was an Affiliate Event of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. In 2017, Bird had a solo show the fullest measure of you, is you, at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, and the site intervention to hold, to miss, to remember with collaborator Lynn Marie Kirby in Venice Italy during the 2017 Biennale. Bird has served as the Creative Director and Producer of Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, directed a film exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016, co-wrote and produced the feature HairBrained (2014) and co-wrote The Oh in Ohio (2006). A dual US-Australia national, Sarah grew up in France, the UK, and the United States. She earned a BA from Amherst College and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Honors include the Arts Corps Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

portrait by Ann Weathersby

portrait by Ann Weathersby