Rahshia Sawyer 2020

Rahshia Sawyer is a creative professional and third-culture individual based in the Washington DC area.


She is the Head Experience Designer for Data Ethics and Privacy at Capital One, focusing on the intersection of consumer rights, data privacy, and regulatory compliance.

As a professor at George Mason University, she teaches the nuances of photography and visual communications.

Her passion is finding beauty. As an internationally recognized photographer, she examines Resilience, analyzing the balanced (or imbalanced) relationship between beauty, chaos, and vulnerability as an anchor to our humanity.


Some Things I Can't Explain



About This Project


Amid life-changing events, questions inevitably arise:
“Will things ever be normal again?”
“When will things settle down?”


These inquiries reflect a sense of disconnection from oneself and one’s environment. The cocoon of reality is broken. Once we glimpse our construct of reality, the urge to retreat is instinctual. Our natural sense of security has us believing that we control our bodies and environment and that entropy does not apply. A break in this reality is an opportunity to see past its smooth façade, past the illusion of control and permanence, allowing individuals to examine the principles that govern mind and behavior.


Glimpses of “the way things are” escape despite the struggle to maintain the pretense, keeping the compelling vision of hope real. Seeing past that veil reveals the fragility of being alive, the simultaneous fear and freedom of understanding that tomorrow is not promised.


Prints available in:


Silk panels 72” x 48” Limited edition of 3
Silk panels 9.5” x 14.5” Limited edition of 8
Archival inkjet 20” x 30” Limited edition of 12
Archival inkjet 8” x 10” Limited edition of 25