Sarah Calmus is an interdisciplinary artist and creator of large-scale immersive installations, working across a multitude of mediums from glass and light, to performative interventions, audio and poetry.
After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2014, she has exhibited in and around the East Coast of Scotland but perhaps most notably for Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival for three consecutive years, both as a Selected and Invited artist.
Thematically, Calmus is hugely influenced by the study of human behaviour, sociologically, philosophically and psychologically, and naturally ‘interaction’ is a core focus in her work. Often utilising the prism as a recurring motif in her practice, Calmus draws on visual metaphor in abstract shapes to invite conversations responding to notions of the holistic, cause and effect, incremental action and how organic matter and its processes exist and interact.
Calmus is often responsive and influenced by architectural qualities of space and frequently utilises exhibiting areas as a focal point for new work in site specific pieces when building installations involving projections, light play and moving image.
Within her work, Calmus allows for and encourages direct participation and interaction to enable and empower the participator to a state of equal import to the work itself and to encourage play and provocation. It is intended that by explicitly creating work as immersive and participatory, an inclusive space is created for questioning and conversing notions of perception; spatially, socially, politically and atomically.
UPCOMING- ArchiFringe- 25th June 2018
ONGOING - 19th March- 19th September- Underpinning Membership Awarded, All In Ideas Arts, Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen.
6th- 14th April- 8/20-Inside Out, The Salon, Members Show, EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh
26th Jan- 14th Feb- Momentum, Invited Artist, Norie-Miller Riverside Light Nights, Perth, Scotland
15th-23rd Jan- Bring Back The Mountains, Beta Beta Residency Showcase, South Block, Glasgow
01/09/17 Commission for Stereo, Impossible Island #01 with Werkha / Babe / MR TC, Glasgow
2016 Mandala Prism, Invited Artist at Hidden Door Festival
2015 Geometric Timeline, Commission, Forth Valley Open Studios, Falkirk Community Hospital
2014 Utopic Tweets; The Public Poem, Summer Programme ’14, Generator Projects, Dundee
2013 The Art of Silence, Summer Programme 2013, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland
14th-17th December- ‘Editions’ contemporary art sale curated by Common Ground,South Block, supported by Wasps, Glasgow