Born in San Diego, California; Lives in Oakland, California.


Sarah Tell received her MFA in printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. She has worked professionally in both analog and digital print shops, and employs both methods of printmaking in her work. She was the Master Printer/Production Manager at Electric Works in San Francisco, California and worked as the volunteer coordinator for Peter Koch and the CODEX Book Fair 2015. In 2013, Tell was chosen among all bay area MFA students to show work in Root Division's MFA NOW exhibition in San Francisco, CA, and the K Space Contemporary's Third Coast National juried show in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Tell often uses the nature of multiplicity in a sculptural format as well, working in both 2-D and 3-D formats to convey her messages. She is inspired by banal or utilitarian objects like hardware store items; while common, they conjure a dark and menacing narrative potential. Another narrative layer is her use of text or implied language, which emerges from personal, often absurd and darkly humorous corners of her anecdotal history.


She is also the Tell half of Gipe+Tell Studio, who produces art and curates shows around the bay area. In February 2014, they organized and curated the exhibition MAS Attack: LA/SF, which combined 30 San Francisco artists and 30 Los Angeles-based artists in a single-night, “relational aesthetic” group show at Studio 17 in the Mission District. In August of 2014, G&T curated the Bay Area participants of MAS Attack 5 which took place in the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA and included 125 artists from 10 Southwest cities.  They have also collaborated on various projects exhibiting at Hespe Gallery in San Francisco, CA and Studio 110 in Saulsalito, CA. Their next venture is curating the show “The Known Universe” which was accepted by Root Division through their call for curatorial contest.


Background image: Grad school studio floor.