My practice is concerned with the exploration of exterior spaces around monumental buildings, whether inhabited or abandoned. I am inspired by the intricate fragility of light and its effect on surfaces and dominant lines, as it moves between and across structures, particularly those made from concrete.
The changeable shapes of these spaces are used as graphic motifs, repeated, layered and reconfigured to develop abstracted spatial compositions through photography, printmaking and sculpture. Setting up conversations between colour and materiality allows an exploration of the shadow as a metaphor for the hidden as well as themes around memory, absence and loss and those indescribable experiences which we are unable to interact with physically, yet can sense.
My recent research explores the synaesthetic nature of our responses to the materials found in these exterior spaces and how they can be used to provoke unpredictable, ambiguous or diverse reactions.
Oxford Brookes University, MFA in Fine Art, 2019 to Sept 2020
Oxford Brookes University, PGCert(Ed) Artist Teacher Scheme (Distinction), 2018
Middlesex University, PGCE (Secondary) Art and Design, 1992 to 1993
Middlesex Polytechnic, BA Hons Graphic Design (2:1), 1988 to 1991
Impalpable Shadows, MFA Degree Show, (Online), Imagined at the Foundry Gallery, London, 2020
Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition, 2020, (Online), 3-31 October, 2020
DreaMFActory, Glass Tank Gallery – An interim exhibition of work by students from the MFA programme at Oxford Brookes University, 12 December to 9 January, 2020
You can see more of my work on Instagram: @sarahwillsbrown