Sarah DeRemer

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Sarah DeRemer
"Penguimelon" from the "Animal Food" series
Born (1989-09-07) September 7, 1989 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education University of California, Davis
Known for Photo-manipulation

Sarah DeRemer (born September 1989) is an American fine artist specializing in photography and photo-manipulation.


She grew up in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Studio Art. She worked as a veterinary technician from 2004 - 2012, working in both private practice as well as research at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. At UC Davis she worked on and various studies in veterinary ophthalmology. She was published as an author on a study involving mesenchymal stromal cells in 2013 in the Journal of Cytotherapy,[1] a study on defining experimental conditions in a mouse excisional wound model,[2] and she assisted on other related published studies as well.[3] DeRemer also assisted in a study to measure the effect of induced myopia on field trial performance in dogs.[4] While working at the veterinary school, she also worked on medical illustration.

In 2012 she moved to Seoul, Korea to teach English. In Korea, she continued photography, and also began pursuing and exploring the field of digital art.


DeRemer's first photo-series in Korea, featuring an abandoned mental hospital in Gonjiam, Gyeonggi-do, went viral. The photo-series and can be found on ViralNova,[5] Atlas Obscura,[6] and Indulgd.[7] She also contributed a photo-essay on an abandoned amusement park in Seoul, Yongma-land,[8] to an English blog based out of Seoul.

She began by making amusing hybrid animals, which were picked up by the New York Post,[9] The Independent UK,[10] The Telegraph,[11] The Daily Mail,[12][13] Corriere Della Sera[14] Paris Match,[15] and various blogs including PetaPixel.[16]

Animal Food[edit]

"Carrox" from the "Animal Food" series

Her first major photo-manipulation project, "Animal Food", was featured on sites and in papers such as The Guardian,[17] TIME,[18] VICE Creators Project,[19] and Mashable.[20] It also appeared on multiple art blogs such as Design Taxi,[21] Toxel[22] Lost at E Minor,[23] Acclaim Mag,[24] and the Creative Review.[25] This project features the unlikely combination of images of animals with sliced up fruit and vegetables. In an interview, she stated that she "noticed the potential for a series stemming from an interesting juxtaposition between live animals and produce, rather than just different animal species. I found the combination of forms interesting and realized that it made a visually strong image that people would have strong opinions about. A lot of the project was a study in color and negative space, as well as creating a cohesive image through hybridizing, but I also just enjoyed creating something both amusing and potentially thought provoking." When questioned as to whether or not the series was created as a statement on meat consumption, she noted that she "didn’t specifically create the series to be commentary on meat eating or vegetarianism. I have always enjoyed making pieces that were visually strong on their own, but also thought provoking and open to interpretation. I never create art to force my own view, but use it to inspire people to think about their own. Some have gone as far as to refer to "Animal Food" as "Photoshopped fruit-animals that make meat vegan-friendly", while others have simply called it "disturbing". I’m just happy to inspire discussion of any sort."[26] DeRemer was also interviewed about the project on TBS eFM,[27] an English radio station in Seoul. In 2016, an article by VICE Creators Project, entitled "Dalí, Warhol, and the Lip-Smacking Legacy of Artists and Food", stated that "Sarah DeRemer's series of critter-produce photo manipulations, Animal Food, offers viewers insight in blending the dichotomy between the flora and fauna we consume.".[28]

In February 2015, DeRemer exhibited the series "Animal Food" in Seoul, Korea at Color of Money. An article was written about the exhibition in the Korea Herald.[29] She also displayed the series in a solo exhibition Jang Eun Sun gallery in November 2015.

You Are What You Eat[edit]

"Cat/Fish" from the "You Are What You Eat" series

DeRemer's following project, "You Are What You Eat", features the combinations of predators and their prey into one cohesive image. The images can be seen on the Huffington Post [30] and Ashton Kutcher's blog, A Plus.[31]

Big Mouth Birds[edit]

She created a bird-horse hybrid series titled "Big Mouth Birds" which combines birds with the mouths of horses. These can be viewed on Ignant[32] Journal Du Design,[33] & Laughing Squid.[34]

Balloon Zoo[edit]

Her recent hybrid series, titled "Balloon Zoo", reimagines balloon animals as real creatures. DesignBoom[35] wrote, "for her digital series ‘Balloon Zoo’, DeRemer has realized a realistic rendition of childhood-favorite inflatables. Hybrid creatures bear a strangely lifelike appearance, where characteristics like skin, fur and eyes wrap around the balloon’s exaggerated, twisted forms. These images can also be seen on The Guardian,[36] Juxtapoz,[37] Mashable,[38] Yahoo,[39] and Hello Giggles.[40] The project was also featured in Vanity Fair Italy's September issue.

Surreal Experiments[edit]

"Camel Mountains" from "Surreal Experiments"

Most recently she has been exploring the world of surrealism. She published a series of black and white surreal photo-manipulations that was shown on Mashable,[41] DesignTaxi,[42] and Hi-Fructose.[43] The series manipulates ordinary photos to create odd and sometimes creepy, dream-like scenes by mixing two objects into unexpected mashups, or manipulating seemingly ordinary objects into different visual elements. DeRemer told Mashable that some of the scenes were "created as an exploration into interesting combinations," while others simply portray scenes of interest.


  1. ^ "Safety and immunomodulatory effects of allogeneic canine adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells transplanted into the region of the lacrimal gland, the gland of the third eyelid and the knee joint". Cytotherapy. 15: 1498–510. August 29, 2013. doi:10.1016/j.jcyt.2013.06.009. PMID 23992828. 
  2. ^ "Importance of defining experimental conditions in a mouse excisional wound model". Wound Repair Regen. 23: 251–61. February 15, 2015. doi:10.1111/wrr.12272. PMID 25703258. 
  3. ^ "Periocular and Intra-Articular Injection of Canine Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells: An In Vivo Imaging and Migration Study". Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 28 (3): 307–317. June 7, 2012. doi:10.1089/jop.2011.0166. PMC 3361184Freely accessible. 
  4. ^ "Effect of optical defocus on performance of dogs involved in field trial competition". American Journal of Veterinary Research. 73 (4): 546–550. April 1, 2012. doi:10.2460/ajvr.73.4.546. 
  5. ^ "This Abandoned Mental Hospital Is Straight Out Of My Nightmares. It Sent Chills Down My Spine". Viral Nova. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Abandoned and Haunted Confines of Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital in South Korea". Indulgd. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ DeRemer, Sarah. "Urban Exploration: An Abandoned Amusement Park in Seoul". Chincha. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Crazy Chimeras". The New York Post. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "15 Hybrids We Wish Actually Existed". The Independent UK. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hybrid Animals". The Telegraph UK. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Welcome To Nightmare Zoo". The Daily Mail. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Meet the bizarre animals of your nightmares". The Daily Mail UK. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Animali mai visti: le opere "bestiali" di un'artista del photoshop". Corriere Della Serra. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Les animaux extraordinaires de Sarah Lee DeRemer". Paris Match Magazine. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Wacky Animal Hybrids". Peta Pixel. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "In Pictures: Food for Thought". The Guardian. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "This Artist Digitally Manipulates Images of Animals into Shapes of Fruit". TIME. November 5, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  19. ^ Mollen, Joost. "Animal Food". Vice - The Creators Project. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ Koerber, Brian. "12 Strange Animals Photoshopped as Fruits and Vegetables". Mashable. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  21. ^ Murinah, Wan. "Delicious Hybrids". Design Taxi. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Animal Food Hybrids". Toxel. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "this is What Animals Would Look Like if They Were Fruits and Vegetables". Lost at E Minor. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Visual Feed: Animal Food". Acclaim Mag. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  25. ^ "CR February iPad edition: The Food issue". The Creative Review. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  26. ^ Credle, Tiffany. "Animal Crackers". Citizen Brooklyn. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  27. ^ "TBS eFM Interview". TBS eFM. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  28. ^ Sedacca, Matthew. "Dalí, Warhol, and the Lip-Smacking Legacy of Artists and Food". VICE Creators Project. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  29. ^ Animal, vegetable or mishmash?, Paul (February 25, 2015). "Kerry". The Korea Herald. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Animals Are What They Eat". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Artist Creates Fantastic New Breeds By Merging Animals With Their Favorite Foods". A Plus. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Big Mouth Birds". Ignant. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  33. ^ Par, Camille. "Big Mouth Birds". Journal Du Design. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  34. ^ Lynch, E.D.W. "Hilariously Strange Manipulated Photos of Birds With Big Mouths Instead of Beaks". Laughing Squid. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Balloon Zoo". Design Boom. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "Balloon Zoo- In Pictures". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  37. ^ "Cross-Bred Balloon Creatures". Juxtapoz. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  38. ^ Koerber, Brian. "Artist reimagines balloon animals as real creatures". Mashable. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  39. ^ "Balloon Animals". Yahoo News. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  40. ^ Layton, Jill. "You'll never guess what these animal sculptures are made of". Hello Giggles. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  41. ^ Koerber, Brian. "Artist manipulates photos into surreal and dreamlike scenes". Mashable. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  42. ^ Wong, Yoon Sang. "Artist Manipulates Photos To Create Intriguing And Surreal Images". DesignTaxi. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  43. ^ Caro. "Digital Artist Sarah DeRemer Creates Dreamy Photo Manipulations of Animals". Hi-Fructose. Retrieved 8 July 2015.