About Sarah’s Work: Sarah’s work subtly confuses the viewer into questioning the world around them by juxtaposing imagery and objects that are from both the every day and her otherworldly interpretation. Drawing is her primary outlet, the foundation for her whole practice, this process can be both intuitive and subconscious. The viewer can identify with Sarah’s work through its subtle similarities to what is familiar to them. When looking at her work Sarah wants the viewer to feel disorientated yet also thrilled and elated by her use of colour and materials. Her wide choice of materials, offer multiple references and allow the viewer to interpret many meanings.
Sarah has many influences, some of which become ‘obsessions’ that reoccur throughout her work. Her current practice has taken influence from her latest obsessions with swaggering birds of paradise as well as exaggerated and opulent 18th Century wigs and costume fabrics. She uses images and materials, which have been found, retrieved and reconsidered to illustrate her fascination with the creation of objects and costumes made to transform its wearer, or the striking and colourful plumage shown off during elaborate mating dances. Both used to decorate and inflate the status of the wearer.
Sarah’s work practice involves repetitive and intensive processes that satisfy her physical and mental relationship with the work. The act of covering over for her is a form of decoration changing either the object that is being wrapped or the page that is being drawn on, reinventing its surface and its mass.
The attention to detail in Sarah’s crafts/processes are a feast for the senses, and it resonates strongly with Sarah’s commitment to the hands on making process and her fascination with new techniques and materials. Many of the materials used have a throwaway sensibility and a non-descript aesthetic. They are non-readable as materials and they cannot be distinguished in the real world, again making the viewer question the object’s purpose.
Exhibitions: Sarah has exhibited in group shows both nationally and internationally: May 2017, PLUME-EXCESS-REFINE-REPEAT, The Boat Shed, Exeter Quay, April 2016, UNRULY, Phoenix Exeter Gallery, September 2016, ‘Identity’, Malt House Gallery, March 2015, “Drop Me A Line”, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, October 2014 162nd Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy. September 2014, ArtsFest 2014, Malt House Gallery, Lyme Regis. July 2014, Mark Hix Commission, Weymouth Restaurant. February 2014, “Glue”, The Chart Gallery London. July 2013 The Catch, Rotunda space, Lyme Regis Town Museum. August & September 2013, Bathing Machine and Deck Chairs, ArtsFest 2103, Cart Road and Beach, Lyme Regis. July 2009 – present, Select Artist, Rise Art, www.riseart.com. July 2009, “New Drawing”, Portland Maine USA. February 2007, “The Annual”, CMCA, Rockport Maine USA. January 2006, “Torpedo”, Exhibition of UK Artist Books, Oslo, Norway. September 2005, “At Home”, East Dulwich, London, England. September 2004, “Other People”, The Three Colts Gallery, London, England. October 2003, “Sound of the Suburbs”, Woodlands Gallery, London, England. August 2002, “Fade to Grey”, Old Street, London, England. August 2002, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset, England. October 2001, “The Glasshouse“, Camberwell New Road, London, England. March 2001, Centenery Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts, London, England. May 2000, Kingston University, Truman Brewery, London, England. Sarah has self-published two books “Octopus”, a Book of Illustrations, 2006 and “Drawings by Sarah Thomas”, 2005.
Art 2003 –2005, MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, England. 1999 -2002, BA Sculpture, Camberwell College of Arts, London, England.
Teaching 2008 – 2009, PGCE PCET at Masters level, The University of the West of England.
Community Arts: Sarah is a committee member for Lyme Regis ArtsFest April 2015 – Present. Sarah received Arts Council England funding for two public art projects in 2013: “The Bathing Machine” and “Deck Chairs”. Both projects were created for “re:collection” a collaborative project between Lyme Regis ArtsFest 2013 and the Lyme Regis Philpot Museum. Sarah worked with diverse groups to produce a variety of creative outcomes. “Weatherbeaten Word and Text Trail” Lyme Regis ArtsFest 2014 project. Sarah lead a series of workshops involving writing and illustrating poems and stories on the theme of Weatherbeaten. The final work will be displayed in local businesses and gallery spaces.
Employment: Plymouth College of Art Lecturer, August 2015 – Present |Yeovil College Lecturer, April 2015 – July 2015 | Arts University Bournemouth Visiting Tutor, January 2015 – present | Weymouth College Lecturer, January 2014 – present | Workshop Leader Time Lapse (The tide): Gifted and Talented, Supported by the Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools’ Alliance. Lyme Regis, February 2014 | Wiltshire College, Assistant Programme Area Manager, September 2010 – April 2012 | Wiltshire College Programme Leader, September 2009 – September 2010 | Filton College Art and Design Lecturer, September 2008 – July 2009 | Workshop Leader Kingdom Falls Art Centre, Belfast, Maine, USA May 2005 | Internship at the Maine Arts Commission, USA ,November 2005 – September 2006.
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