Artist Statement

I paint in plein air to document and understand relationships between habitat, occupants and cultures. My home is a test-site for transcultural urban sustainability, from there I map my cosmology to guide cultural work, economies and collaborations. Critical pedagogy and Third World Eco-feminism inform my teaching practice wherein we remix and remake aethetic, academic and living practices to resonate with our ancestors, our world views and the living systems keeping us alive. My collaborative projects range from ecosystem restoration with elders, communication via ceremony & ritual, the DIY PhD, natural building, communal economies and mobile decolonization chambers. I generate habitat and portrait its generosity in lively color and pattern from life.


American, b. 1983, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States. 2017 recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Community Engagement Grant and 2017 Artist in Residence in collaboration with Olivia Chumacero at The Huntington Gardens. BA in Latin American Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill withan MFA from UCLA in 2012. Sarita teaches at Cypress College and gives workshops around Los Angeles, and in New York, Montreal and other cities, as well. She exhibits widely and engages in community and environmental activism in several LA-based collectives. She lives and works on a mountain with her partner and baby, tending to the land.

Current Shows & Media

Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal, Group Exhibit, Pitzer College, Jan 20- March 29th, 2018

Mother Mother, Vol. 2, edited by Sheilah Wilson, 2017

Interview here with Nance Klehm on Lumpen Radio, Chicago

Upcoming Shows & Events

Saturday, March 10, Solo Exhibit, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, Claremont

Sunday, March 11, The Main Museum, DTLA, Everything is Medicine with Olivia Chumacero and Sarita Dougherty,  free workshop, 1-3 PM, RSVP here

Saturday, May 12th, The New Ones We Weave with the Old Ones, Sarita Dougherty with Diyan Bukobomba, Nicanor Evangelista Jr, Olivia Chumacero, Champoy and iris yirei hu @ Visitor Welcome Center through June 16, 2018

Olivia Chumacero with Sarita Dougherty (right) during their collaboration and residency at the Huntington Gardens, 2017
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