The Sculptures Embodying Women’s Unpaid Work

Renee, 2019, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 3, 24 x 36 inches

Renee, 2019, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 3, 24 x 36 inches

By Sheila Wickouski | While U.S. women average more than four hours of unpaid labor in their homes and in their communities each day, U.S. men are only clocking a little more than half that amount, according to studies from senior gender expert Lucina Di Meco, Williams College Professor of Economics Lucie Schmidt and other experts. This is just one of the gendered economic disparities driving the works in Counting the Hours, an art exhibit currently open at the Code & Canvas Gallery in San Francisco. [read more…]


Ties That Bind
by Reel23Films

Ties That Bind: ArtSpan Selections 2017
by Sandra Yagi

The Carrying Stones Project Trailer
by Reel23Films

CreativeMornings Oakland, June 2018

2 main floor on-site installations

2018 Art Market.jpg

Women’s work visualized in Fairfax artist’s project

“Bety.” Bety makes her living cleaning homes and volunteers at morning Mass at her church.

“Bety.” Bety makes her living cleaning homes and volunteers at morning Mass at her church.

By Vicki Larson | Like many working moms with young children, Sawyer Rose went about doing everything she needed to do almost on autopilot. Then one day she had an epiphany. “I thought, this is crazy, this is unsustainable,” says Rose, of Fairfax. She began asking her female friends what they were doing to find a better work-life balance. She didn’t find much solace. [read more...]

A woman’s work is never done, and there is an app for that.

image:  J.P. Rose

image: J.P. Rose

By Kate Patterson | Last weekend, we took a family trip to Oakland to check out a show by the Marin-based artist Sawyer Rose. We were so lucky to have Sawyer, who is warm, gregarious and incredibly articulate, treat us to an intimate walkthrough of her show.

... I applaud the way Sawyer transformed, what is often described as and feels like drudgery, into something beautiful and heroic. Her subjects look powerful and serene, not overwrought, although I’m sure they have their moments.  [read more...]

East Bay Express / art pick
Force of Nature Exhibit at Classic Cars West Gallery

Anna & Hillary, 2017

Anna & Hillary, 2017

By Amyra Soriano | Through her newest exhibition, Force of Nature, Bay Area sculptor and social practice artist Sawyer Rose visualizes the labor that women perform daily. The exhibition is a part of her ongoing series, The Carrying Stones Project, which examines gendered labor inequality. Last year, Rose launched the series with Ties That Bind, a sculpture and performance art show, at Fort Mason.
[read more...]


Tracy , 2017, detail

Tracy, 2017, detail

By Sawyer Rose & Lindsay Straube / Some years ago, I reached the end of my patience. At that time, I had a toddler and an infant and a husband. I was working as a graphic designer in addition to my art practice and managing the bulk of the unpaid domestic labor in our home. This was clearly not a sustainable way to live. So, I started researching, as is my way, and here are just a few things I found out:

  • Cooking, cleaning, childcare, and eldercare responsibilities often still default to women, which keeps them from advancing at work and in society.

  • Volunteerism, which can be seen as caretaking of the larger community, also falls disproportionately on women.

  • Recent data tells us that women in the United States still shoulder over 4 hours of unpaid work a day, compared to 2.5 hours of unpaid work reported by men. [read more...]

Williams Magazine: Woman’s Work

image: Williams Magazine

image: Williams Magazine

By Julia Munemo | In The Carrying Stones Project, K. Sawyer Rose ’96 explores the “double burden” of women’s work inside and outside the home—and how little time women have left for themselves.

Katie Sawyer Rose ’96 aims to make the invisible visible with her artwork. Her multimedia sculptures represent the work women do both inside and outside the home—something economists struggle to measure—and reveal that data can be surprisingly beautiful. “We are inundated with statistics,” Rose says. “Sometimes it’s easier to understand the data if someone draws you a picture.”

In January, Rose was a resident with Assets for Artists, a program administered by MASS MoCA that provides support services and financial training for creative entrepreneurs. She spent two weeks in a studio on the museum’s North Adams campus, planning and building prototypes of the sculptures she’ll make for her new project, “Force of Nature.” [read more...]


Organizing Your Career in the Cloud


By Daniel Grant | ... Sawyer Rose, a sculptor and installation artist in Fairfax, California, explained that she first heard about Artwork Archive from an artist who “kept losing track of inventory.” Some things were written down on cards somewhere, while other information was in the computer (she hoped). All pretty chaotic. “It helped me with inventory management,” Rose said. “A gallery would call me, saying ‘We have a client looking at a particular piece. What else do you have right now?’ I can find out right away, whereas before it would take me having to look here and there.” Additionally, scheduling the filing of applications – for shows, grants, residencies and other opportunities, when a particular piece would be back from one show in time to be in another show – consumed more time than it should have until she became an Artwork Archive subscriber. [read more...]


image: Artwork Archive

image: Artwork Archive


By Artwork Archive | Have you been chasing the elusive artist grant without getting the results (and funding) that you desire? …“Reeling in a grant—like so many other things you apply for—is numbers game,” stressed Sawyer Rose, a 2018 recipient and 2017 The Awesome Foundation grant recipient. “There are always more qualified applicants than there are spots.” [read more…]

Artist Spotlight: Sawyer Rose on Women's Labor and How to Land the Perfect Residency

image: Artwork Archive

image: Artwork Archive

A few years back,  artist and sculptor Sawyer Rose started noticing a trend appearing among her female friends: on top of their professional responsibilities, the majority of the women she spoke with assumed the bulk of household chores.

And, it wasn’t just her circle of peers that confirmed this assumption. In a recent data from the OECD you can see that women all around the world do a disproportionate amount of unpaid work. While the margin is smaller in wealthier countries like the U.S., women in the United States still shoulder over 4 hours of unpaid work a day, compared to 2.5 hours  of household work reported from men.

What’s more, the OECD estimates that by decreasing the global average of unpaid work that lands on women from 5 hours a day to 3.5 hours a day, their participation in the labor force increases by 20%.

With the numbers behind her, Sawyer took to the studio to communicate this finding in the way that she does best: through data, materials, and social participation.

We spoke with Sawyer about her project, “Ties That Bind,” in which she documents the lives of 47 women who used a custom-built app to track the hours they spent on paid work, unpaid work, and other activities. Using 1000 handmade tiles each representing a number of hours, Sawyer invites participants to come and interact with the data in a very physical way—through the collective building and tying together of a sculpture.  [read more...]

SPECIAL EVENT: The Carrying Stones Project
Ties That Bind Sculpture, Performance & public assembly event

image: Reel23Films

image: Reel23Films