Whitney Sparks is a writer, artist, and radical teacher. Her mixed media artwork and writing have been exhibited around the world from Athens, Berlin, and Bangkok to Chicago, Zurich, and Prague.
Ms. Sparks has self-published two illustrated works of fiction, The Riddle of the Sphinx and Nefertiti Escapes, and contributed to periodicals such as BusinessWeek, New York, Worth, Terra Incognita, Wake Up World, and XOJane.
Creative education and avid reading were the foundation of Whitney's unconventional, world-schooled childhood. After earning her bachelor's degree in American Studies with distinction from Yale, Sparks went on to study permaculture, yoga, and birth work across the States and Southeast Asia, later completing a Masters of Fine Art, concentrating on the production of visual art, in Switzerland. Ms. Sparks is a solo parent of one three year old, and the author most recently of Just Boundaries– ebook now available! – and the forthcoming Radical Care: the Nature of Sacred Solidarity.
Whitney Sparks, especially fascinated by the border areas between reality and what we call fiction or figments of our imagination, likes to imagine herself an illustrative Scheherazade, composing perpetual fractured fairy tales in mixed media assemblage and film. In her work, mass culture transforms into a kind of visual compost, nurturing the seeds of future revolutions. Responding to various events and places, working with found things and chance, Sparks makes observations through collecting, cutting, drawing, planting, painting, pasting, writing, and recording. What is the story-- at any given place or time-- and how does it abide, change, evolve, or dissolve? She edits her findings to reveal another reality. One of Black liberation perhaps...
Where imaginary lands grow, root, and weather, tangled beasts engage in unknown rituals. Choreographing perspectives on the body, indigeneity, ethnicity, natural phenomena, urban surroundings and elements of spiritual iconography, Sparks reorganizes information over a range of media, from paper to wood to web. Her videos and collages weave together myriad coincidences of society and texture, beguiling viewers to learn a quixotic cartography of meta experiences that play with the human condition.