Abstract artist with an interest in the material qualities of pigment, and their metaphoric value as a tracer of human histories.
"Sarah Needham is an artist and academic interested in unearthing hidden histories of humanity, taking into her conceptual sway the likes of piracy, the colonial slave trade and the witch hunts of the 17th century. She does this via a painstaking archeological extrapolation and finessing of pigments from the earth, which she then employs to create abstract Rothko-esque canvases that seem to invite the viewer into contemplation of the infinite. Her practice hinges very much upon the notion that the very material she uses to create her art carries meaning in-and-of-itself – with pigments broken down by pestle and mortar that have their roots in the political and social upheavals of history. The key postulation being that the critical deconstruction of the material history of very ordinary things, such as plates and crockery, can give us all access to a common universality of being. In fact, all of the hues present in her works tell stories of the geological history of the earth and the overlooked everyday human interactions that shape our history. Here, she discusses the nature of the sublime, the enduring legacy of Rothko and explains why she is drawn to seek to uncover universal truth." John Paul Pryor, Secrets and Lies
I am delighted this work has been selected by the jury for the show "Through the Looking Glass" at the Mall Galleries in London 28Aug -3 September
Studio interview with John Paul Pryor, Art Critic at the Culture Collective