Approved: 29.12.2014

Sarah Arriagada

Artist

Approved: 29.12.2014

I work across multiple disciplines but primarily in painting, referring to the domestic sphere while applying layers of acrylic paint onto carefully sewn small-scale canvases. Colors and shapes throw each other into sharp relief, suggesting architectural elements such as partly obscured windows, doors and room corners as well as flat compositions suggesting quilts and other stitched and patched handwork from the private realm.

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Biography

I work across multiple disciplines but primarily in painting, referring to the domestic sphere while applying layers of acrylic paint onto carefully sewn small-scale canvases. Colors and shapes throw each other into sharp relief, suggesting architectural elements such as partly obscured windows, doors and room corners as well as flat compositions suggesting quilts and other stitched and patched handwork from the private realm.

These bold yet delicate compositions mediate between fragmentation and unity. They refer to experiences of separation and the growing of new constellations. There is a strong sense of rhythm in my paintings: repeating shapes and colors navigate between harmony and syncopation, a shifting or displacement of beat as most often found in Jazz music.

My interest in domesticity in a world of constant change and migration informs my entire practice. My colorful, mixed media works exude a light, playful quality as I bring everyday materials into collisions that create new and surprising sensations; I disrupt textures and scales as patterned cloth morphs into slickly glazed ceramic, while collaged hard surfaces become design prototypes for soft, hand knotted rugs.

With my work, I want to keep the discussion around migration, heritage, race, gender and home complex and visually stimulating. I hope to create dynamic surfaces that invite active looking and open up intimate spaces, rich in color, texture and association. I aim to make paintings that carry a strong bodily presence, a tangible physicality that holds and honors people and places of all times.

CV & Education

Education

2014 Master of Arts, Art Therapy, Weissensee School of Art, Berlin

2010 Master's Degree in Fine Art (Meisterschüler), University of the Arts, Berlin

2009 Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art (Absolvent), University of the Arts, Berlin

2008 Environmental Art Undergraduate Course, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

 

Two-Person Exhibitions

2016 Mutterboden, Sarah Arriagada and Silvia von Pock, curated by Sarah Arriagada, The Stone Space, London

2009 Regards croisés sur la jeune création Franco-Allemande, Sarah Arriagada and Matthieu Dibelius, Goethe Institute and Théâtre des Asphodéles, Lyon

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Restraint & Limitation, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Nebraska (forthcoming)

2017 Wish you were here, curated by Sarah Arriagada, Raum Linksrechts, Hamburg

2016 30° Celsius, ASC Gallery, London

2015 Space Between, The Stone Space, London

         ZAP Summer Exhibition, Bond House Gallery, London

         AUA - Auf und Ab (im Kunstmarkt), Westwerk, Hamburg

         Open CueB 2015, CueB gallery, London

2014 Sublime, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin

2010 This is red, Exhibition of the Class of Leiko Ikemura, Halle Zehn, Cologne

2009 SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now), Berlin

 

Residencies

2018 Osage Arts Community, Belle, Missouri, USA (forthcoming)

2012 Bow Arts Trust, Work-Live-Scheme in Balfron Tower, London

 

Grants

2017 One-to-one guidance sessions, a-n The Artists Information Company, Newcastle and London

2009 Grant for the painting class of Hiroko Nakajima at PENTIMENT Summer Academy, Hamburg

2008 Erasmus Grant for a trimester at the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow