Originally from London, Sarah is now living and working in a small coastal hamlet in the Vale of Glamorgan. Her work has been evolving with the change in environment.
While figurative motifs act as a doorway within the scene in both past and present work, scale is a growing preoccupation. Early copperplate cartographers used to combine a vertical plan of ground level features with perspective views at the same scale, to create a birds-flight view of the scene, as a map. This early mapping technique inspired a two plate technique; one containing emotional narrative motifs, homes, fires, boats, figures etc, the second plate an aerial large scale detail from the landscape. Playing with contrast, the slow moving monumental landscape is inked quick, intuitively in colour and the motif plate a comparatively fast, messy story is steady, methodical, black and precise. Sarah’s preoccupied with our experience of the landscape, equal in scale to the actual, like two sides of a coin. Many of Sarah’s etchings are achieved using the Solar Plate technique – see below:
Solarplate Etching: An eco-friendly alternative to traditional etching that does not use grounds, acids, or solvents. It is exposed with ultraviolet (UV) light and developed with tap water.