Further from home
an exhibition by Sara Willett
About the artist
Sara studied painting at Camberwell College of art and was awarded a BA honours in 2002. She went on to gain a MA degree in Fine Art at Camberwell in 2011. She has worked as a professional artist with a studio practice in South East London for the last 18 years.
Sara exhibits regularly in the UK, Europe and China, and has taken part in over 50 solo and group shows. Her practice encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking and installation. She has been awarded four fully supported residencies in China and had a solo exhibition in 2017 at the prestigious Being 3 Gallery in Beijing. She was shortlisted in 2017, for the Sunny International Art Prize and her work was selected for the exhibition in central London and subsequent international tour.
Her work is held in collections in the UK, USA, Australia, China and Europe.
Further from home
Further from home is an exhibition that took place at Hatcham House showcasing 2 series of Sara's work 'Blue world' and 'Breath'.
Words from the artist:
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit recent drawing and paintings at Hatcham House. The pieces on display have been selected from two new series of work that I have made over the last five months.
At this time when my home has been so important to me, I want the exhibition to raise the profile of those who have no home. To that end we will be donating money raised from the sale of this work to the Central Southwark Community Hub a registered charity and food bank supporting local people who rely on their life-saving work."
- Sara Willett
Find out more about the work CSCH do here.
Made on calligraphy paper brought back from a recent residency in South East China - they were initially inspired by the topology of the Fujian rice terraces viewed from above, on a trip high in the mountains.
During lockdown they evolved to represent an internal and fragmented dreamscape. They bring to mind micro-organisms or cells, the idea of looking down on the world from high above also comes into play, recalling the early photos of earth from space. The mystery and fragility of the world has obviously been on our minds recently, so the delicacy of the rice paper seemed particularly relevant. They were soothing and calming drawings to make in a time of turmoil.
Levels of anxiety everywhere were high in the strange and uncertain landscape of lockdown and like many others I practised deep breathing techniques and meditation on a daily basis to help me cope. A response to this, using ink on watercolour paper to create fluid shapes, I worked intuitively, allowing them to flow freely in a way that felt organic and spontaneous. The process slowed down when I returned to add the lines that bound the shapes. Each line corresponded to a slow inhale and exhale – in some ways it felt like I was attempting to visualise the act of breathing. I found the ebb and flow of the lines meditative, taking me outside myself – the slowness of the process became hypnotic.
The forms have a bio-organic feel, suggestive of internal organs, botanical specimens or micro-biological imagery I wanted to connect with the sense of expansion and compression, the twists and the turns of our breath, as it fills our lungs and travels through our bodies – our life force.