Ode to Betty 2016

Sarah uses clay to generate abstract, mixed media, colour compositions which create interplay between two and three dimensions whilst seeking to evoke a fourth. She describes these compositions as abstract ceramic paintings in sculptural form or ‘objects as paintings’ and paintings as objects.’

The diverse nature of her art and craft: the methods of construction, colour compositions and positioning of works, whether grouped accordingly or presented individually, urges both discrete and versatile perspective around structure as well as medium. In this vein particular stimulus comes from a certain appreciation, but also a questioning of ‘modern’ art and its values.

Influence has come from a variety of sources, such as the modernist sculptures of Barbara Hepworth, the colour field paintings of Ellsworth Kelly, the frescos of Renaissance painters Giotto and Fra Angelico and the allusory ceramics of Alison Britton – with particular appreciation of the capacity of such work to afford wider three dimensional experience, in conjunction with Sarah’s own fascination with the diverse potentials of clay and ceramic colour to do the same.

Often abstractly referencing locational context, content and experience – such as growing up in the town of Port Talbot with its ‘multifaceted landscape,’ – her ceramic works are compelling static structures whilst also being continual and changing picture spaces to be experienced and negotiated, always considering such rich analogy in the discrete yet versatile medium of clay itself.

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