I make collages, films and videos out of found images; mainly old photographs but also postcards, slides and film. I re-categorise them with a self-imposed logic forming patterns of my own. Then I cut, rip, fold, fuse, add, subtract and re-arrange. The start of a work is in the looking; I am searching for an experience of the image appearing as something separate from its context. Going into a charity shop I am looking for that first glimpse of this mysterious and unbidden effect. It's a certain moment in looking described by John Stezaker as 'the imaginary projection, ...the sort of flight that can be found in images.' I am always trying to follow that first movement of the imagination in my work.
CV & Education
Sarah is currently working towards a Trust Arts/National Trust commission Dangerous Discoveries for National Trust Propery Biddulph Grange Gardens opening 31st July - Oct 2015. The work consists of a three channel video installation created from electron microscopy images of plants collected in the garden, archival images and footage of the garden today. Sarah is also working on a book project for Daylight photography due for release in Spring 2016. Additionally she is curating an exhibition for NewBridge Studios centered around a group of artists with similar interests in working and manipulating found photographic images, this is scheduled for Sept 2016. Sarah lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne and has a studio at The New Bridge Project. Sarah came to Newcastle when she was awarded an AHRC grant to study full-time for an MFA at Newcastle University. She graduated with distinction and a Rednile commission with Berwick Film and Media Festival followed. She was also included in a group show Oasis that featured work from Juneau projects, Tessa Farmer and Heather and Ivan Morrison. She has exhibited twice with Plus Arts Projects, London showing alongside artists from Tracey Emin to Matt Collishaw. Sarah graduated from her BA(Hons) course at Bristol School of Art and Design with First Class Honours in 2005. She was then awarded the UWE/Spike Island Graduate Fellowship 2006-7 and exhibited New Slide Works at Spike Island in 2007. At the same time she was selected for a Small Wonders Award with Picture This and her 16mm films entitled Double Exposure were selected for the shorts programme, Ways to Walk, at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2007. More recently she exhibited at Baltic 39 in Rift, 2014 and was shortlisted for a Jerwood Photoworks Family Politics exhibition with a subsequent showcase on their website.