SaraNoa Mark (b. 1991, New York,NY) pursues a drawing practice that investigates traces left by time, as they exist in landscapes and in collective memory. Mark’s work has been supported by a Fulbright research fellowship in Turkey. SaraNoa was named a Visual Arts Fellow by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. They have received grants from U.S. Embassy Grants Program in Turkey, The John Anson Kittredge Fund, Illinois Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artists Program (DCASE), and a SPARK grant. Mark's work has been acquired by the West Collection through a LIFTS grant. Upon graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts SaraNoa was awarded a European travel scholarship. Sara Noa was a BOLT resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition, and has held residencies at the Montello Foundation, Jackman Goldwasser Residency at the Hyde Park Art Center, The Lois and Charles X.Carlson Painting Residency, Sedona Summer Colony, and Art Kibbutz. Recent exhibitions of their work have taken place at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Bridge Projects, Los Angeles, CA; Davis & Langdale Company, New York, NY; Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL; Tiger Strikes Astroid, Philadelphia, PA; Monaco, St. Louis, MO; Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington, DC among others. SaraNoa is one of New City’s 2021breakout artists. She is a co-director at the 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago where she lives and works.
The drawings in this book were made on the road from Chicago to California. Held in my lap, I let the pencil bounce to dirt road vibrations, whispering winds, and the Elul moon. None of these drawings capture the majesty of the mountains. It is more about reaching - to touch a tree in the far distance. Drawing as an entrance to seeing with wonder.