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
2016 - 2020 University of Leeds / BA Fine Art with Contemporary Cultural Theory
2018 - 2019 Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts/ Erasmus+ Program
2020 Ones to Watch / Shortlisted Artist
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
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
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