Sara Ishii

Sara Ishii is an interdisciplinary feminist artist/scholar. She holds a PhD in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies from Texas Woman’s University, an MFA in Art and Technology from the University of Texas and an MA in Feminist, Gender, and Women’s Studies from York University, Toronto. Her ongoing research examines creative interventions into social justice issues related to contemporary feminist art, Gloria Anzaldúan theorising, and interpersonal violence. Ishii’s art practice employs painting and mixed media to investigate the inner dimensions of emotional and verbal abuse within the larger spectrum of interpersonal violence. Her work confronts the silence surrounding emotional and verbal abuse, marking its impact, and acknowledging the resilience of victims/survivors. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Texas Woman’s University. 


Ishii investigates the ways feminist artists of colour highlight diverse victims/survivors’ experiences of abuse to involve the viewer in the debate on gender and sexual violence.


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