Inspired by the thickly layered application of oils and palettes of Jenny Saville and Lucien Freud, Sarah seeks to sculpt her paints to create a form that is both present and seemingly in subtle transition. The figures push against their outlines and backgrounds. Her forms bleed through their confines to create a stable expansion past their boundaries, sometimes adding in extra limbs and blurred outlines. Overall, there is a contrast between a lightness and a weighted spaciousness to her treatment of the body.
Some paintings inspired by a little, magical seaside village in Duino, Italy, with one stoplight, one corner story, one castle, a princess and a pocket of the world swirling round and round.
"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems." - Rainer Maria Rilke -
"Painting is something that takes place among the colors ... one has to leave them alone completely, so that they can settle the matter among themselves. Their intercourse: this is the whole of painting. Whoever meddles, arranges, injects his human deliberation, his wit, his advocacy, his intellectual agility in any way, is already disturbing and clouding their activity."
RAINER MARIA RILKE, letter to his wife, Oct. 21, 1907