Sara Wilkes is an asexual artist living in Bothell. Sara’s art installation was exhibited at Redmond Lights 2021. She brings inspiring words to life through calligraphy and hand lettering.
I never even thought to question my sexuality growing up. I was raised in a high demand religion where purity culture was prevalent, so I just assumed I was being a “good girl” and “avoiding temptation.” To be honest, I wondered why peers couldn’t stay out of trouble. Fast forward many years and I realized why it had been so easy for me to do so – a complete lack of sexual attraction.
Finally learning about asexuality and adopting the label has really helped me come to accept myself as I am. I’m so glad that asexuality is becoming more well-known and I hope that by coming out more publicly, I can help others who might be feeling the same way. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with us.
I think as asexuals we can sometimes feel infantilized or inhuman in such a sex-centered society. I made this piece to emphasize that our identity is just as valid as any other, and we are enough just as we are.
“Who You Love”
This piece comes from a challenge I set for myself –to letter a quote from every book I read in 2021. The book in this case is “The Girl from the Sea” by Molly Knox Ostertag, a lovely queer graphic novel. Love is always something to celebrate.
A friend commissioned me to make this piece and I think a butterfly is a perfect symbol for coming out. This friend in particular has been a great inspiration to me – it’s been wonderful to see her living authentically with a life full of queer joy.
“A Crow of Bothell”
I recently moved to Bothell and I was amazed to see all the crows coming to roost in the evenings. I wanted to pay tribute to them with this illustrative calligraphy piece.
This is a quote from Anne of the Island, by L.M. Montgomery. I loved it so much I took it for my business name. It’s a reminder to myself to work hard and do my best, but I also love the connotation of bright and happy words – that’s what I strive to create.