Approved: 17.05.2011

Sally-Ann Johns

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Approved: 17.05.2011

The mysterious iconography of the Catholic and Apostolic Church has been inspiring my work for many years. Each piece of work consists of one image, isolated and surrounded in golden leaf. Then the work is displayed in its own beautifully hand-crafted case, a simple drawing becomes a precious artefact.
My drawings are less to do with a realistic representation or portrait, than with creating a visual

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Artforms: Drawing
 

Artist Statement

The mysterious iconography of the Catholic and Apostolic Church has been inspiring my work for many years. Each piece of work consists of one image, isolated and surrounded in golden leaf. Then the work is displayed in its own beautifully hand-crafted case, a simple drawing becomes a precious artefact. My drawings are less to do with a realistic representation or portrait, than with creating a visual prayer. I allow each image to stand alone, surrounded by the constantly changing light that reflects around it. The images are not what you would typically call holy or iconic, the animals are simplistic, sometimes flawed; the portraits are often dark or haunted. I don't polish them or look for perfection; I leave them in their reflected light. I intend to demonstrate the ordinary to be extraordinary and leave each one as perfect in its imperfection.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - Masters Product and Furniture, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh 2000 - Post Graduate Diploma, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen 1999 - BA Design and Craft, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen Solo exhibitions 2010 - Solo show, Sarah Dallas Gallery, Edinburgh Group exhibitions 2010 - Group Christmas Show, The Union Gallery, Edinburgh