My Art

Sometimes confronting and always compassionate, my art delves into hidden, private, or marginalised experiences, expressed with aching beauty and quiet joy. I work in oil painting, inks, body painting, sculpture, poetry, and book making, among many other media.

I often use art to explain, inspire, or humanise in my training. My art helps to keep me alive. It eases the pain, calms the nightmares, captures the dreams. Staves off self destruction, expresses joy, gives me mementos from altered states and other worlds.

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Sea dogs, Romping, ink on paper

“The spirit of this exhibition brings to mind Emily Bronte’s poem: “No coward soul is mine’… Not many artists would dare to exhibit works so raw side by side with others of aching, touching beauty: a public looking for nice landscapes, sentiment or roses in vases to hang in the living room will be severely disappointed. 

But those looking for artistry across a variety of mediums, poetic vision, frighteningly real fantasy, and deeply emotional, vivid dream imagery and dark yet romantic metaphors will rejoice! Time HAS to be taken to view this exhibition, to study the intricate, subtle detail and to read the beautifully crafted  ‘stories’ underneath each piece.” – from exhibition ‘She Dreams’

“A courageous, beautiful exhibition about a taboo subject…Some of Sarah’s pictures are indeed very sad, but many of them are quietly joyful. Like the process of grieving itself, there is no easy progression from dark to light in this exhibition, but the overall impression that you take away is a feeling that the mourning of all unborn children has been permitted in this space, in a way that is rarely possible in the unsympathetic glare and glitter of the outside world…Honouring the unborn: a deeply moving art exhibition.” – review of exhibition ‘Waiting for You’ in Weekend Notes

“Mental Health Day has got me thinking about people who have been instrumental in helping me find coping techniques and ways to, sometimes, just hold out til the storm passes… Thank you for sharing your techniques and wisdom with so many people, including me. Sometimes, those techniques/strategies/hopes/words have been the only reason I have made it through the night.” – Mental Health Week exhibition

I am a Social Practice Artist, which means I work collaboratively with communities, using social engagement as my primary medium to create artwork in various formats. The social interaction is the key component of the artwork. I link contributions from people together in the creation of my artworks. With sensitive handling, Social Practice Art is an incredibly effective way of engaging hidden communities, complex issues, and taboo topics. It supports the voice of people who are often ignored, and increased visibility of the experiences and ideas of those affected without having to expose them directly.  I have successfully used this approach to create my artbook Mourning the Unborn, and exhibition Waiting for You, on the topic of miscarriage.