I grew up on the West Coast, dividing my time between the big city of Vancouver and the beautiful Sunshine Coast. I wandered around Europe before deciding to attend the Langara College Fine Arts Program. After chiseling away at soapstone, wielding a brush loaded with acrylic paint and soaking metal plates in acid, I found that I was most content with simple pen and ink. That being said, the realm of design seemed to beckon me, so I did a year of design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. A year was enough to realize that something just wasn’t right. I missed drawing, and the tactility and freedom of a piece of paper. So, two years later I graduated with a BFA, discovering along the way that my heart was in illustration.
I love starting out with pencil, then ink, but get most excited about a piece when I start slicing into it with the x-acto knife. Carefully cutting away shapes allows me to experiment with different pieces of collage material (mostly old prints or handmade textures) that I place underneath. It also allows for the manipulation of space, making drawings more 3D. My illustrations always involve delicate lines, cut-outs, and carefully considered colours. It is the poetics of natural forms that make their way into my line work and remind me to find beauty in the details.
My work has been described as balancing “a delicate sensibility with something more bold and iconic.”
After graduating in May 2010, I participated in three group shows in the summer, and just had my first solo exhibition at the Gam Gallery in Vancouver (on until January 18th, 2011).
View more of sarah's work in SB's spotlight gallery, or: