About Mere Objects

Mere Objects is a participatory art project designed to honor and empower people who have experienced sexual violence, and to increase awareness of sexual violence within our communities. It was launched in October 2016 by artist and educator Sarah Jane, in collaboration with an advisory group of survivors of sexual violence.

The project is open to individuals of all genders who have experienced any form of sexual violence. There is no deadline and participation is anonymous; information on how to participate may be found here.

The project debuted at the MAC Gallery in Wenatchee, WA, in November 2017, and traveled to two additional venues in early 2018. Check out the exhibit calendar to see when it's coming to a venue near you, or contact me for information about bringing Mere Objects to your organization. 

Mere Objects installation, MAC Gallery, Wenatchee, WA, November 2017. 

Mere Objects installation, MAC Gallery, Wenatchee, WA, November 2017. 

Photo by Gray Lyons, 2017

Photo by Gray Lyons, 2017

About the Artist

The world around me inspires both intense curiosity and profound reverence. My artistic responses take many forms, from installations and collaborative works to sculptural projects and mosaics. I am particularly interested in creating artwork that can speak across cultural, religious, or economic differences.

In addition to my own studio practice, I’ve worked as a university professor, art program manager, and gallery coordinator. Two favorite projects from this past year include designing and executing a 75-piece ceramic mosaic with elementary students at Beaver Valley School, and founding Mere Objects, a participatory artwork honoring people who have experienced sexual violence.

Since 2012, I have lived and worked at the Grünewald Guild, an intentional community in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state.


Sarah Jane, September 2017

MFA, 2008, University of Kentucky

BA, 2004, Asbury College (now University)