SaraNoa Mark’s quiet paper pieces are visions of an ancient script that is no longer translatable, yet is packed with the history of a society for which we have lost the specifics. One can find the idea of an archaic map in her work, or the ruins of once important structures. These pieces could have been created with soil taken from a holy site or a scrap of a desert traveler’s tent.
SaraNoa Mark (b. 1991 New York, NY) pursues a drawing practice that reflects a desire to evidence the constant and invisible activity of time. Earning her BFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts SaraNoa was recognized with The Pennsylvania Governor’s Award. A PAFA Women’s Board Travel Scholarship supported her visual pilgrimage to Europe’s museums, cave paintings, and natural sites, while hiking through eight countries. SaraNoa’s work was supported by a grant from The John Anson Kittredge Fund. She has been an artist in residence at The Lois and Charles X. Carlson Painting Residency, Sedona Summer Colony, Art Kibbutz, and the Montello Foundation and has exhibited work at Davis & Langdale Company, Trestle Gallery, Snyderman Works Gallery. SaraNoa is a Director at the 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago. SaraNoa also works as a museum guard at the Oriental Institute, absorbing influences from its antiquities collection. SaraNoa is currently a BOLT resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition.