Sas Colby

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Sas Colby graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, and has been based in Berkeley, CA since 1975. With over five decades of creating, exhibiting and teaching experience, Colby’s practice has incorporated textile, collage, painting, and photography, and she is considered a pioneer in the the field of artist books. A friendship with Anaïs Nin and influences such as Dada, Surrealism and Gertrude Stein are reflected in Colby's unusual use of text. Words for her are a visual medium as well as a cognitive experience, and she imbues her objects with this reverence. Often, the intimate scale of a piece requires interaction from the viewer, such as careful reading, the turning of a page or the opening of a box. Recent solo exhibitions include Why the Bunny? at Oakopolis Gallery in Oakland, CA and Images of Compassion at The Magpie Gallery in San Francisco, CA; and, historically, at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA; The Photographers’ Gallery in London, UK; and, Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, DC. Group shows include those at Center for Book Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA; Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY; Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA; Gallery Miyazaki, Osaka, JP; The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR; and, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY. Colby’s work lives in the Cynthia Sears Artist's Book Collection, Bainbridge Island, WA; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Jean Brown Archive/Getty Trust, Santa Monica, CA; and the McGill University Rare Book Library, Montreal, Canada. Recent press includes The New York Times, Fine Book Magazine, and The Berkeley Daily Planet. Colby is a member of the Bay Area Women Artists Legacy Project, and is a frequent visiting artist at universities and conferences.

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