August 4th, 2011
Sara Maria Boulogne was born in San Salvador on January 26, 1980, and graduated with a degree in Plastic Arts from the University of El Salvador in 2006. Her primary artistic expression is in ceramic sculpture. She has worked professionally since her first piece was displayed in the CEFORMA Gallery in 2003, when she was 23 years old. She also considers herself a career educator, teaching classes both at the school of art of the National University of El Salvador and the Experimental School for Arts MINED-UTEC.
Image 1: “Rey Zope” (Buzzard King). Though Bolougne is young, she is the most established artist of the three. She states confidently, “I’m concerned not so much with the process, as in contemporary art, as with the concrete object that comes out of my process.”
Image 2: ”Mujer en Rojo,” (Woman in Red), 2009. Glassed (vidriada) ceramic. Sara is a teacher in the Experimental School for Arts MINED-UTEC, for youth who come from economically disadvantaged communities. (The youth’s art is currently on exhibit in Artifact Cultural Space, featured in the first installment of this series.) She names this experience a powerful one. “These kids have helped me realize that much of the lack of art production here is because of a lack of interest (in teaching art) in the public school system. These youth can do so much, but local education doesn’t permit them to fully develop their creativity, or to express what they feel, transmit it, and receive feedback.”
Image 3: “Expectativas de lo inverso I” (Expectations of the Inverse I). Ceramic and found object, 2010. Bolougne narrarates her general history: “My grandfather, Santiago Bolougne, was a painter. I remember sitting on my little stool watching him paint. Basically since I can remember, I’ve had my hands covered in paint.