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Sarah Poland

Sarah Poland
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The initial imagery of my work draws upon woodland structures and natural elements. The presence of landscape and being in it is the source. Within the process of making work I contemplate the materials, the immense value of our wild places plus the wider issues of plastic pollution and climate change.

I lived for five years, immersed in an ancient oak woodland in West Wales. Wanting to make work ‘of the woodland’ I explored making oak gall ink. It is an exciting material with antique histories and is also ecological and sustainable. During this period I took night walks and started making photographic works called ‘Moon Drawings’ during the full moon. The larger works are made with a slower tempo to my usual pace - the woodland is large, slow, immersive, all consuming.

Seeking to develop a sustainable and ethical practice, I consider where materials come from and how they are produced. I continue to broaden my palette using locally foraged or home-grown botanical dye plants and dye the canvas prior to painting.

I look to create a shimmer, a vibration through using close tones, using the support as light source as well as colour experience. With larger work I hope to engage physically and spatially as well as conceptually, building relationships between the materials and the abstract, between nature and transformation. When making, I look for surprising relationships and unexpected collaborations between the pieces. There are elements of reduction to the work, but these are not abstract works in search of the absolute.
BA(Hons) ECA 1997
MFA Aberystwyth SoA 2015 Distinction

Solo exhibitons:
Belgrave St. Ives, Cornwall 2006,2008,2010, 2016
Oriel Q Wales 2018
Yr Oriel, Wales 2020

Public Collections:
V&A, London,
Aberystwyth SoA Collections, Wales,
Hong Kong Arts Centre,
University of Arizona Museum of Art,
National Library Wales

Awards, residencies & positions:
R&D grant Arts Council Wales 2019
G.S. Artists residency, Swansea 2019
1st Prize Glynn Vivian Open 2018
Visiting artist 2017,2018, 2019 Carmarthen SoA
MOMA Wales Open-'highly commended' 2012
Wasps Studios, Shetland 2007
Cill Rialaig, Ireland 2006
Creative Skills Development Fund 2006, 2007

Mixed exhibitions:
RWA 168+164th Annual Open,
Oriel Myrddin Open - Carmarthen,
Walking In Two Worlds - Oriel Carn Caernarfon + Oceans Apart, Salford,
Welsh Art Week-Mall Galleries,
Gallery Ten, Cardiff,
Roger Cecil + Four Contemporary Artists, Oriel Myrddin + Gallery Ten,
Aberystwyth Printmakers,
Dartington Printmakers,
Penwith Gallery, St. Ives,
Breaking New Ground – BIG Exhibition, Aberystwyth SoA Gallery and touring U.S. ,
Xiaoxiang Exhibition of International Printmaking,
Hunan Fine Art Institure, Changsha,
West Wales Arts Centre,
Belgrave St. Ives, Cornwall,
Language and the Future, Xiaoxiang Portfolio, China,
Hong Kong Graphic Arts Fiesta,
IMPRESS'13 International Printmaking Festival,
Royal Cambrian Academy Print Show, Wales,
National Eisteddfod - Y Lle Print / The Original Print Place,
Uncharted Landscapes, NSA, St. Ives Society of Artists,
PRINT!, The Exchange, Penzance,
London Art Fair, Belgrave Gallery, '
A Cornish Perspective' NSA at the RWA, Bristol,
Exchange Gallery / Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall,
2nd X-posure - 'Revolver', ex-car showroom, Penzance,
NSA 'Lineage', Penlee House Museum + Newlyn Art Gallery,
St. Ives–Selected Artists, coincide with book launch ‘St. Ives 1975-2005 Art Colony In Transition’, Belgrave Gallery,
Collyer-Bristow Gallery, Holborn, London
Treasure In Stillness
  • Sarah Poland
  • Treasure In Stillness
  • Mixed Media
G.S. Artists installation
  • Sarah Poland
  • G.S. Artists installation
  • Painting
Nightwatch No.5
  • Sarah Poland
  • Nightwatch No.5
  • Mixed Media
Boundaries No. 1
  • Sarah Poland
  • Boundaries No. 1
  • Painting
Boundaries No. 2
  • Sarah Poland
  • Boundaries No. 2
  • Painting
Shroud No. 1
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  • Shroud No. 1
  • Painting
Forest, installation
  • Sarah Poland
  • Forest, installation
  • Painting
Forest, installation
  • Sarah Poland
  • Forest, installation
  • Painting