Light itself, I believe, is a tool of adornment. To adorn, by definition can mean, “to enhance or enliven the appearance of.” Light by definition is, “something that makes vision possible.” I use the ephemeral material light as a way to adorn or direct people’s attention to unseen places and spaces. During the night, I have projected still images on buildings, billboards, and various landscapes across the United States. Visually, the building, billboard, or landscape becomes my canvas on which to illustrate my ideas. Through this act of projecting light, I can visually place relevant subject matter onto the places and spaces whether it is photographs, words, drawings, or videos. Since 2008, I have collaborated with artist, Dana Richardson on video projections that investigate energy (“Windmills”) and building materials (“Brick”). Often installed in a public place, the goal of these projected, simple, repetitive, moving images is to raise questions about the ethics associated with material sourcing. Where do your materials come from? Where do your materials end up? It is a very powerful situation when people’s vision is directed towards something usually unnoticed and they immediately become consciously aware. My hope is that with awareness comes knowledge – and as the saying goes, knowledge is power and I believe that power can create change.
“Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz literally illuminate, with light, the relationship between human beings and the landscape they inhabit. Through investigating subtle changes, unseen scars and abandoned spaces, themes of beauty and devastation come forth to collide and embrace.” -Progressive Galleries Newsletter, 2009