|Contemporary semi abstract/figurative painter working from her studio in Brighton, UK. Recently shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Show and the Ashurst Emerging artist prize, Sarah was the winner of the University of Chichester's prize for painting in the South of England with last year's National Open Art Competition. She says of her work:|
"I feel that I am in a constant state of redefining my process and aims as a painter. At the heart of my work there is a fascination with the endless possibilities within paint, how to transform a two dimensional space into something with narrative or the possibility to transport the viewer – but the most important part of painting for myself is to get caught up in the process and allow a conversation to happen between myself and the painting. The most successful paintings always retain some sense of this dialogue, the often long painterly journey that has meandered its way through endless emotions.
The work often hovers in a place between figuration and abstraction which allows the viewer the space to impose their own interpretation. I’m fascinated by the notion of trying to represent time; past, present and future, and also ‘periphery’ - that part of our vision which gives us the sense of our surroundings, but to which we tend to not pay attention.
Some of the works imagery is determined through the making process whilst other work explores specific metaphorical or symbolic images/barriers/passages to explore ideas around time passing, but also very human emotions; frustrations, hopes and desires.
During the process of painting there is a building up and stripping down of imagery, and an exploration of different painterly languages, eventually being reduced down to the lowest denominator where an edgy quietness falls. They are not whole images, but snatches of images, sounds and thoughts, forming into coherence briefly, like a painterly slideshow of memory. Ultimately the paintings speak of a belief in the enduring vitality of painting as a primary form of visceral and visual communication."