"Sabrina Raaf is a Chicago-based artist working in experimental sculptural media and photography. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at Mejan Labs (Stockholm), Stefan Stux Gallery (NYC), Ars Electronica (Linz), Opel Villas Foundation Art Center (Rüsselsheim), Museum Tinguely (Basel), Espace Landowski (Paris), Artbots 2005 (Dublin), San Jose Museum of Art, Kunsthaus Graz, ISEA (Helsinki), Klein Art Works (Chicago), The Lab (San Francisco) and Painted Bride Center (Philadelphia). She is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields (2002) and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2005 & 2001). Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, Contemporary, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Leonardo, www.lab71.org, The Washington Post, and New Art Examiner. She received an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago."
Sabrina Raaf is one of the twenty or so new media artists that I have browsed and she made me feel really surprised. What I really like about her is that she seems to keep trying new things. She has different shows all over the world and in each show, she tries to use a new media that she did now try before. What I especially like among all her pieces is her "Breath" serie. It looks peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful. The neon shows the character of human breathing of soft, regular, and full of life.
Another reason that I really like about her is that she coorperates her new media ideas into reality rather than let them stay digital. She found out elegant ways of putting them in a museum space and installate them into an interactive space.
Working with the museum space is a very important skill for an artist. In the mean time, I think the process of making something idealistic into real thing is also very interesting and personally for me it is a big challange that I would like to take. There are always difference in concept and realality, I think Sabrina Raaf deals with this difference well. She tries to use different materials, from traditionally paper, to neon, to even human-beings to convey what she likes to show in her work. This daring to try is what her biggest attraction is.