Sam Fein is an interdisciplinary artist who deconstructs human relations and emotional conditions, particularly as they relate within social frameworks of power. Drawing upon her upbringing in the American Southwest, she mines personal history, fusing memory with imagination to create densely layered narratives that are both comedic and bizarre. Her artworks incorporate elements of ethnography, nonlinear storytelling, allegory, magical realism, and absurdist humor. Rather than replicating the literalism of the physical world, each piece gives expression to a uniquely individualized reality, challenging the notion of a single objective truth.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and studied abroad at universities in Cuba and Argentina. She has been awarded a Fulbright research grant to the Philippines, residencies to Vermont Studio Center, MASS MoCA, and was the James Rosenquist visiting artist at North Dakota State University. Her artwork has been exhibited at The American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), and the HA&A at Hillyer (Washington, D.C.).
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, she lives and works in Boston.