Sarah is exploring the transitory beauty of impermanence and change and how it relates to loss and grief. Her work often explores environmental themes highlighting the importance of water, biodiversity and pollinators. Inspired by her inclusion in the fall 2020 exhibition “Dust to Dust” at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery, Sarah’s recent work looks at her personal journey through the loss of loved ones using foraged materials to represent the pure emotion of her own stages of grief. She is interested in how humans feel compelled to leave a permanent mark on the earth and believes this is associated with our fear of death and being forgotten.
Sarah is researching sustainable artforms and has gravitated recently to foraged and recycled materials. She creates pigments from rock ochres and charred bones which are permanent. In contrast, she also makes paper and plant-based inks for their ability to portray vulnerability and their qualities that change over time. Sarah finds the process of experimenting with compostable materials allows for letting go of the end product. There is risk involved, but also great reward as she believes art does not require permanence to contribute to society in a meaningful and impactful way. Sarah plans to run out of her oil and acrylic supplies little by little as she transitions to her artist made palette.
Sarah is the 2019 recipient of the Marie Manson Memorial Arts Award. Her work can be found for sale at Ecotreats coffee shop in Salmon Arm, Tin Poppy Retreat in Larch Hills and online at www.sarahhopeart.com