BY MINAH KWON ’20
Entering her living quarters, the impeccable taste — and eye for dainty and eccentric collectables of Sarah Chait ’21 is undeniable. A visual arts major and Atlanta native, Chait is a master of ornamentation. She carries herself with absolute sweetness and amiability, and goes about her daily life with a distinct originality. To get a peep into her life, A&E conducted a quick interview to see where her vision stems from.
Where are you drawing your influences and interests from?
“Maira Kalman is a huge artistic and aesthetic influence on me. She collects things like I do — vintage photographs, foreign candy wrappers, antique books and unique little things.”
What would you call your lifestyle vibes? How does your living space exemplify that/those attitude(s)?
“Other than my room, I wouldn’t say my lifestyle is really curated. I guess I just try to surround myself with things I find interesting and beautiful, even if it’s in a strange way. I think my room reflects that pretty well. Music and art are both really important to me.”
How about your clothing apparel? How do you want your style and other pursuits to contribute to society?
“I mean, my ideology is just to have a naive approach to things and do what feels right to you, even if it defies already instituted rules of art and fashion. That’s how you discover who you are and what you like, and I’m really fortunate to have already figured that out for myself. When it comes to clothing, I seek out unique and kind of silly articles of clothing, lots of mod things. I also paint and do embroidery on a lot of my clothes to make them more ‘me,’ if that makes sense. I try to express myself and just have fun through my clothing and general appearance.”
What’s home like? How has your upbringing shaped you to this day?
“My upbringing is super related to how I am now. My parents liked the idea of kids, but once they had them they didn’t really know how to handle them, so my sister and I were raised like little adults and treated as equals in our household. This led to some problems with authority I still have to this day, but I’m really happy I was raised like that. It helped me form my identity and articulate my feelings. My mom is an artist and my dad collects American folk art (i.e. Howard Finster, R.A. Miller), so I was raised in a highly artistic environment that fostered my own interest in the arts. My mom is the most influential person in my life, to the point where I’m kind of just a younger version of her. She’s the one who recommended Mount Holyoke to me and understood that this is the place to go if you want to make an impression on the world and become a well-rounded and educated person. I couldn’t be more grateful for her.”