Approved: 16.08.2012

Sarah Casey

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2012

I am primarily engaged in making drawings which test the limits of visibility and material existence. My delicate and elusive drawings of garments ask: at what point does visibility disappear and drawing become immaterial? My practice reflects a fascination with the unseen, untouchable and unspoken in human encounters. The works seek to taunt or tease the viewer with an allure of intimacies offered,

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  • Location: North Yorkshire, Yorkshire
 
 

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    Biography

    I am primarily engaged in making drawings which test the limits of visibility and material existence. My delicate and elusive drawings of garments ask: at what point does visibility disappear and drawing become immaterial? My practice reflects a fascination with the unseen, untouchable and unspoken in human encounters. The works seek to taunt or tease the viewer with an allure of intimacies offered, yet denied. Drawing is a means of exploring what it means to see, touch and feel experiences on the edge of our grasp. Notebooks and fieldwork are an important element of my practice. Over the past three years I have been attempting to draw in different challenging environments, working alongside archaeologists, medical practitioners and conservators to see what the activity of drawing may share with these other practices that must negotiate the delicate to reveal the unseen. An example of this is in recent work in response to visits to the dress collections at Kensington Palace, where I have been working with their curators to observe how intimate items of underwear are stored, handled and viewed. In the emerging work, the drawn mark manifests some of the curatorial concerns around these objects, specifically the potential for care and destruction latent in human touch. For instance some of these drawings are made in wax with the pressure of touch alone, so like the collections' objects, are sensitive to their environmental conditions. If they get too hot, or are exposed to too much sunlight, they will simply fade away.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2012 - PhD Fine Art , Lancaster University, Lancaster

    2007 - MA Fine Art (distinction), Lancaster University

     

    Solo exhibitions

    2015- Common Grounds: Lace Drawn From the Everyday, The Bowes Museum, County Durham.

    2013 - Hidden Drawers, Kensington Palace, London

    2012 - Drawing the Delicate, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster

    2010 - Glimpses, Roadside Attractions Gallery, Toronto

    2008 - Godiva Chronicles, Glassbox Gallery, Coventry

     

    Group exhibitions

    2014- The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014, Jerwood Space, London and touring

    2013 - Open Drawing , Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

    2013 - Darkness at the Edge, Propeller Visual Arts Centre, Toronto

    2013 - Sketch 2013: Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize, Rabley Drawing Centre and touring, Marlborough, UK

    2013 - Surfaces in The Making, The Storey , Lancaster

    2011 - Sketch Drawing Prize 2011, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough, UK

    2010 - Box of Desires, Centre for Recent Drawing, London

    2010 - Here Today Gone Tomorrow, Fringe, Bath, UK

    2010 - Open Drawing, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

    2010 - Paperworks 3, Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Bury, UK

    2010 - The Middle of Nowhere, Departure Gallery, London

    2010 - The Moment of Privacy Has Passed, Usher Gallery, Lincoln

    2009 - 5th International Drawing Biennale, Melbourne, Australia and touring 2009 - A Things About Machines, Herbert Gallery, Coventry

    2009 - The Art of Research, Taik, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland

    2009 - Unfolding, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, UK