Sarah Arriagada’s colourful, mixed media works exude a light, playful quality as she brings everyday materials into collisions that create new and surprising sensations; textures and scales are disrupted as patterned cloth morphs into slickly glazed ceramic, while collaged hard surfaces become design prototypes for soft, hand knotted rugs.
Drawing on her love of domestic interiors, Arriagada combines found wallpapers and textiles with painting, drawing and collage to produce works that explore the boundaries between fine art and decoration, ‘taste’ and kitsch, the precious and the banal.
The social space of the home, implied by found cloths and patterned papers, is reworked and reframed to invoke the tensions and interactions between the private domestic sphere and the public arena.
Taking the everyday as her starting point Arriagada works directly onto wood veneer, canvas or flimsy fabrics such as gingham, allowing elements of chance to shape the outcome until she arrives at a point of visual clarity. She repeatedly applies and scrapes back layers of paint to establish a grid or patterned ground against which organic shapes flourish in naïve, expressive strokes.
Arriagada’s actions seem both tentative and bold, awkward and assured as she builds up layers of collage and print or reverses a canvas and reworks it, blocks out and then exposes the tacky floral print onto which thick colour fields have been applied. The resulting works with their fluid, dynamic surfaces invite active looking and open up intimate and elusive spaces, rich in colour, texture and nostalgic association.
CV & Education
2010 MFA (Meisterschüler), University of the Arts, Berlin
2009 BA in Fine Art (Absolvent), University of the Arts, Berlin
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
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
2017 Osage Arts Community, Belle, Missouri, USA (forthcoming)
2012 Bow Arts Trust, Work-Live-Scheme in Balfron Tower, London
2009 Grant for the painting class of Hiroko Nakajima at PENTIMENT Summer Academy, Hamburg
2008 Erasmus Grant for the Environmental Art undergraduate course at the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow