Approved: 03.06.2020

Sarah Larby

Artist

Approved: 03.06.2020

My practice is driven through working directly with materials, so I would primarily define my work as sculptural. Often starting new works by speculatively exploring a material before pushing the boundaries of what it is traditionally used for. My treatment of materials differs depending on whether or not I consider them to be animate or inanimate, but there are three questions that I am always considering in relation to my practice:

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Thoughts

     

    Artist Statement

    My practice is driven through working directly with materials, so I would primarily define my work as sculptural. Often starting new works by speculatively exploring a material before pushing the boundaries of what it is traditionally used for. My treatment of materials differs depending on whether or not I consider them to be animate or inanimate, but there are three questions that I am always considering in relation to my practice:

     

    What it means to follow the material?

     

                Does it mean working on the edge of having control?

     

                            Does it mean accepting that form and content are the same thing?

     

    I am intrigued by the dynamic between control and chance, testing what it means to give or take away a material’s own agency. By following the nature of the material, I can better understand its various traits. For example, when using a material such as plaster, I often make various self-containing flexible “moulds” which I fill with fluid plaster and hang before they set – allowing the final object to be moulded under its own influence or weight. 

     

     

    CV & Education

    Education 

    2016 - 2020 University of Leeds / BA Fine Art with Contemporary Cultural Theory

    2018 - 2019 Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts/ Erasmus+ Program

     

    Awards

    2020 Ones to Watch / Shortlisted Artist

     

    Exhibitions

    June 2020       Simmer / BA Fine Art Degree Show, University of Leeds

    March 2020     Ones to Watch 2020 / SunnyBank Mills, Farsley

    March 2020     Untitled / The Brunswick, Leeds

    October 2019  HomeTurf / Chemistry Basement, Leeds

    August 2019    An Arm ‘nd A Leg / Freehold Projects, Leeds

    June 2019       End of Year Show / Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

    February 2019   Keep Gazing / Norman Rae Gallery, York

    May 2018        Room for (Dis)illusionment, Artonomy Collective / HydePark Book Club, Leeds

    April 2018       AXIS: ‘Where these Spaces Reach and Bodies Align’ / LeftBank, Leeds

    May 2017       Morphic / LadyBeck Studios, Leeds 

     

    Collaborative Projects

    June  2020     'Simmer: Virtual Performances' with Grace Benita and Olivia Savage.

    May   2018     'Operatunity', led by Griselda Pollock and Sam Belinfante

    Mar   2018     SPECTRA II / Collaboration with Natalie Whitney, Art Hostel, Leeds 

    Nov   2017     SPECTRA / Collaboration with Natalie Whitney, Art Hostel, Leeds 

     

     

    Articles and Publications 

    June 2020  Creative Materiality Zine, Haus-a-rest, Issue 2

    June 2020  Displaced and Replaced, Simmer Leeds

    2020 "Simmer Sundays" Artist Interview - Youtube 

    2020 Ones to Watch: Interview with Sarah Larby

     

    Volunteering

    Leeds Art Gallery / Live Guide / October 2017 - January 2018

    The Tetley / Volunteer Assistant (PAGES Book Fair) / March 2017

    The Great Exhibition of the North / Event Volunteer / June 2018,  Newcastle upon-Tyne

     

    For more information: www.salarby.wixsite.com/artist