Sarah Hotchkiss is a San Francisco artist and arts writer. Recent projects include You're weird for building this, a two-person show with Stephanie Rohlfs at Oakland's Royal NoneSuch Gallery and Space Travel Sci-Fi Style, a performative lecture at the Exploratorium. She has attended residencies at Skowhegan, ACRE and the Vermont Studio Center. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She watches a lot of science fiction, which she reviews in the semi-regular publication Sci-Fi Sundays. In 2019 she received the Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation prize for her work as the visual arts editor at KQED.
The artist partakes in a certain kind of Sunday ritual with Alemany Flea Market as the peculiar site of worship. Bins of dusty board games are picked through, in pursuit of some of the stranger moments in the discipline’s history. Game boards and other visual ephemera are carefully selected to be rendered through gouache paintings that are as painstaking as they are vibrant. Garish and optically charged, Hotchkiss’ board game paintings praise the great aesthetic value in an overlooked entertainment tradition, appropriating and shining new light on a canon that we hardly knew existed.