Sarah Rieser is a former interior designer born and raised thirty miles southwest of Chicago. Her art practice is a thematic exploration of consumption-related dysthymia, presently focused on the (mis)placement of adoration. Rieser’s work conveys elements of ennui, humor, and irony by using traditional, labor-intensive processes to reinterpret disposable, mass-produced materials with the notion of reassigning value to nugatory consumer goods. She creates fiber-based mixed media artworks ornamented with a mishmash of repurposed novelty refuse that engage the fetishization of religious imagery and confront the wastage of planned obsolescence so prevalent in suburban culture, while introducing questions of taste, feminine labor, and prescriptive reliance on the nondurable. Sarah currently owes SAIC a whole lotta dough for learning how to sound that pretentious.