In July 2013, New York based illustrator and photographer Sarah Rosado embarked on a new mixed-media adventure she calls “Dirty Little Secrets”. A blend of art and photography, her imaginative series reveals the unexpected beauty that can come from a not-so-pretty medium… dirt.

Sarah Rosado hand workEach of Sarah’s “Dirty Little Secrets” starts as an illustration of sorts. Using real dirt she sources from local parks, Sarah shapes it into everyday objects with her hands and other tools. She then adds accessories to create a 3-D effect that really brings the piece to life. In her final step, she photographs the sculptural dirt illustrations on a stark white background.

Sarah told WYSK, “Depending on the amount of changes to be made, it typically takes 2 – 3 hours to complete the process.”

But why use earth/soil/terra firma as her medium? She shared with us, “I wanted to do something different, something challenging. I had seen other artists do art with food and other objects but I had never seen art with dirt. That’s where the idea came from.”

For Sarah, each image has its own meaning and viewers can decide what they really see and what it means to them. She says, “Who knows, they may find some ‘dirty’ little secrets.”

Over last four months, Sarah has completed nearly all of the 100 pieces she plans to include in this series. Here are some of our favorites.

Up, Up And Away_Sarah Rosado

Bathing Suit_Sarah Rosado

Girl On the Tree Swing_Sarah Rosado

Guy_Sarah Rosado

Famous Blowing White Dress_Sarah Rosado

Camera_Sarah Rosado

Broken Hearted Boy_Sarah Rosado

Long Haired Horse_Sarah Rosado

Ants Carrying Left Over Bread_Sarah Rosado

Cat_Sarah Rosado

All images copyright 2013 – SR Artwork

More About Sarah Rosado:

Sarah Rosado_HeartNow in her early thirties, Sarah’s passion for art has always been a big part of her life. At the age of 5, she found herself scribbling drawings all over her notebook and everything she could get her hands on.

Over the years Sarah continued her drawings, which evolved from pencil to the computer, where she mastered the Paint Shop program. She more recently developed an interest in photography, focusing on capturing images and other creative scenes that are intended to fool the eye of the beholder with thought provoking and illusional images that are open for different interpretations.

To see more of Sarah’s work visit her site.