Sarah Knights was born in 1983 and grew up in the secluded village of Fishing Pond Sangre Grande in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. From as early as six she remembers drawing her favourite storybook characters.
She attended John Donaldson Technical Institute in Trinidad and graduated in 2008 with an Associate Degree in Visual Communication, where she focused on Graphic Design. The training from the Institute helped laid the foundation for her second course of study at the University of the West Indies where she pursued a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts and focused on painting and mixed media art.
After graduation, Knights began working on a body of mixed media painting using herself as the main subject to discuss issues of identity with women in modern societies. She uses mediums such as collage, embroidery, acrylic and found objects to convey her message with a rich textural surface on canvas. Her paintings are visual studies of women of various eras including the mid-century and modern day and the pressures they face to conform within a society. They look at the efforts women take to conceal their perceived flaws as compared with the western model.
Over the past 11 years Knights has taught art and visual communications at various levels, most recently teaching visual arts at the Holy Faith Convent in Trinidad. In 2013 she took a year to do research, experiment and explore numerous creative avenues for her artwork.
Knights’ work has been collected privately in Trinidad and Tobago and she was selected to featured in an exhibition at the U.S. Chief of Mission Residence “Connecting Cultures: Contemporary Art from Trinidad and Tobago.” Her first solo exhibition will be held at Medulla Gallery in Trinidad in 2015.
Knights lives and works in Trinidad.
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