Artist Profile: Sara Wilkes

Person with spectacles and blue collared shirt

Pronouns: She/Her

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.

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Coming Out

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.

“Ace Affirmations”

Black, gray. white and violet curves with the text "you are valid"

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”

Red and blue gradient cursive text

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.

“Pride Butterfly”

Rainbow colored butterfly

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”

Crow in calligraphic ink strokes with word 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.

“Bright Lexicon”

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.

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