Sarah Eckstine is a photographer from Western Maryland who received her BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2020. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Illinois State University.
Sarah’s work is focused on her nearly decade long struggle with chronic illness and chronic pain. She has interstitial cystitis, a chronic bladder disease, and was diagnosed with the sexual dysfunctions vaginismus and vestibulodynia after years of being misdiagnosed and not having her pain believed by doctors. She works with artistic practices such as digital and analog photography, alternative processes, and writing, to create self-portraits and autobiographical work about the subjects surrounding painful sex and the daily hardships of being chronically ill. The work she creates shows an unromanticized version of sex, sexuality, and the body, how she has begun to heal both in the physical and the mental, and as a way to open the door for more discussion about female sexual dysfunctions.
Other themes in Sarah's work focus heavily on her home and the landscape around her. She frequently takes photos on her family farm and in the surrounding areas of Washington County.
Her work has been featured in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts annual photography exhibition where she received the 2nd Place Juror's Award in 2021, NYC4PA exhibition "Rural Impressions" in New York City, as well as many shows on MICA's campus, including a two-person collaborative show "Knock Me Down," MICA's Juried Undergraduate Show 2017 and 2018, and a solo show "Crosses Across America" in 2020.
In addition to her fine art practice, Sarah is a staff photographer at CaliberTV, providing live coverage of concerts for a wide genre of musical clients.