When I was growing up, my travels were limited to visits to our family farm in Minnesota. At the time, the farm held little fascination, as it was an annual destination out of my control. As an adult, I now have the freedom to go where I wish and have begun to see the world with a new perspective. My desire to seek adventure and discover the new is a natural evolution of leaving the familial nest, but there is another layer of seeing that is the result of extensive traveling.
The world seems filled with infinite possibility, providing me with glimpses into the magic found in the everyday. And the irony is that by moving away from what is familiar has even allowed me to see the worn paths of my childhood in new and spectacular ways. Looking more deeply at my surroundings and what I've taken for granted has revealed the balance between the ephemeral and the eternal.
Sarah Stankey grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and now resides in Milwaukee, where she is studying photography and art history at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. She will receive her BFA in Photography in spring 2013. Sarah has finished her spring semester internship at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee and has now started to work with Aline Smithson of LENSCRATCH. She also spends her spare time volunteering at the Milwaukee Art Museum and recently became an intern there as well. Sarah wishes to pursue a graduate degree in studio arts and continue her practice.
One for the Birds Published April 01, 2013