ribbons are pretty. ribbons are colourful. ribbons are just for decorations. yeah. we’ve heard it a million times and then some more.
but what if you change the perspective a lil bit? would a simple, colourful ribbon mean a lot more than just being a thing of beauty?
that’s just what san diego based artist sarah stieber did. she changed the context and made a point.
it all started when sarah was inspired by the women, around the world, who marched together to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights.
that is what led to ‘rainbow ribbon magic’ – a collection that creates a spectacle of saturated colours to portray a unique exaggeration and amplification of beauty that exists in real life. the series spans many artistic mediums like painting, film, dance and a collaborative installation.
in the series she features women who are making a mark in their respective fields. women like adrienne shon (owner & creative director of little black diamond), melissa evans (musician), kailee steward (owner & designer of im with the band), britt kuechenmeister (visual artist) and theresa finch (visual artist & business systems analyst manager). each of them are a symbol of strength and a ray of light in what they do.
when we asked sarah about the thought process behind this series, she said, “the physicality of ribbons, which can fly every-which-way in the wind or be held taut, is a perfect metaphor for the multi-directionality of creativity and intention. whether ribbons are flying out of a musician’s microphone, emerging from murals to guide and unify female creatives, or symbolizing an artist’s tears that guide her in a new direction, these vibrant paintings scream the magnificence of their subjects and celebrate the power of their creation.”
she goes on to say that, “magic is something you make and that we can all take steps to create the reality we want, i hope when people encounter my work they can see themselves in the characters I’m portraying and i hope they feel inspired and empowered to pursue their own creativity and manifest whatever it is they want in their own lives.”
here are a few of the paintings from the series. you can also follow sarah’s work on her instagram page.
here’s a video of sarah speaking about the series.