Originally a figurative painter, Sarah's work has moved between abstraction and figuration, with a current focus on the abstraction of text to create a new kind of visual poetry - a poetry of mark making.
As Sarah's spiritual and creative journey has progressed, Sarah has found herself less interested in theme, or a particular subject matter, and, rather, in the process of mark making and creativity itself. Painting for Sarah is about the experience of painting - a physical experience that helps her to engage with and understand herself as a physical body able to experience, express and create physical things in the world.
Unlike physical objects, or things, in the world, text can be abstracted such that it can retain a part of its original meaning, but also become something entirely new - something beyond "abstracted text". It becomes a whole new system of dots, marks and signs with it's own rhythm and beauty. This process allows Sarah to create something that is at once meaningful - where the old letters come through - and also meaningless - where they have been totally changed.
The result possesses a poetry all of its own, which is the combined expression of the very human desire to create and leave marks - to make permanent and to leave a legacy - with the process of time and movement, by which all physical things are made impermanent. In this process, impermanence may be seen to have its own kind of beauty - the potential to create anew from the destruction of the old. The process of life and death is a creative one.
Sarah's work has been heavily influenced, at various points to different degrees, by the Abstract-Expressionists and the Neo-Expressionists (most recently Cy Twombly and Anish Kapoor) and, consistently, by the Chinese Scholar-painters of the 10th-13th centuries.
Sarah trained at the Motley School of Theatre Design and at Hertfordshire University, having read Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. She is based in London.
Surprising Things (solo exhibition), CueB Gallery (Mar-Apr 2017)
In Translation, Espacio Gallery (April 2016)
Confluence, Espacio Gallery (October 2015)
The Times Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries (2015)
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize Shortlist, Ashurst London (2015)
In the Comfort of Shadows (solo exhibition), MMX Gallery (2015)
The Discerning Eye, Annual Art Exhibition, Mall Galleries (2014)
Society of Women Artists, Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries (2014)
Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition, Zeitgeist Art Projects (2014)
Blink Pop Up, Blink Pop Up Arts (2014)
Shortlisted for the NOAC exhibition (2014)
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize Shortlist (2015)
Showdown Shortlist, Saatchi Online (2013)