PESKY GREEKS

I have just spent the last 3 or 4 months working on a series of lino cuts based on Greek Mythology.  This is not the final set as I hate Icarus and some need more work – however I plan to use the 12 images to create a calendar and your comments and criticism would be greatly appreciated.

APHRODITE ATHENA GRIFFIN HADES HARPIE ICARUS MEDUSA MINATOUR PEGASUS POSIEDON THOR TREE OF KNOWLEDGE


WANT TO COME UP AND SEE MY ETCHINGS?

Completed a drypoint etching course at the printmakers workshop using images from my flower painting course – heres the resultsIMG_3285IMG_3286

During the Easter break I used my watercolours at the Botanical Gardens for a first ever attemptIMG_3371

and now Im back at the Edinburgh Drawing School doing this ….IMG_3476IMG_3475charcoalflower

 


TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS

At the beginning of 2015 I dutifully started my monthly revolutions – much easier than resolutions as they can be changed as I see fit!

I decided to step right out of my comfort zone and explore new mediums and ideas – namely, flower painting classes and lino cutting.  Living life on the edge as always.

I joined a 10 week class at the Edinburgh Drawing School and its the most fun I’ve ever had on a Tuesday afternoon.  2.5 hours of observing and honing my drawing skills (haven’t done that since primary school) – I loved the course so much I enrolled for a second block, this time with the intention of using the printmakers workshop to produce a series of lino cuts.  Putting wood cutting on the back burner – not literally – as I discovered a linocut takes about 3 hours, a woodcut about 3 days and it hurts my thumb!

So, heres my sketches from the first 10 weeks – where Im going with them – well stay tuned!

driping thistlebleeding thistlecharcoal thistlepink thistlethistles and swirlswatercolour thistlethistle inkred thistlered and cream oil


soon minions, soon

Decided to take a break from woodcuts and work on a new installation piece.  Took myself off to Chambers Street Museum to catch the end of the Ming Dynasty show, not a fan of carpets and big wall hangings but I did come across these little beauties.

ming researchLittle clay figures of servant boys, happy with my observation I went home to ‘think’!!

Before I married  I went to my aunts house as she is my last surviving relative in Edinburgh to collect my old, new borrowed, blue items.  I chose a blue crystal brooch to attach to the handbag I’d made from my mums old wedding dress, whilst raking around the nick knacks I found a creepy rubber child’s doll – apparently it was my dads favourite toy as a little boy and it was coming home with me!

Two years later and I decided to make a clay copy of the doll, with the intention of casting in resin.  The doll dated back to 1900’s and I was concerned about its durability – no need, they were made to last.  I filled it with water to check for leaks, then filled the head and feet with resin and stuffed the body with cotton wool, the cheeky chappie looked a lot better.  I then covered it with 6 layers of latex and ordered myself a big box of moulding plaster off Ebay.

original and castlatex coatdry latex mould

Being a die hard fan of Antony Gormley’s ‘The Field’ and anything Flux related it made sense to create more than just one. 4 latex moulds and a very messy kitchen later

I love the way that each cast originally started from one object but the grain of plaster, the water content or the thickness of latex would decide on the finished pieces.

Some looked shy, some cocky, some short and some tall.  Each seemed to have their own little personality.IMG_0047IMG_0035IMG_0031IMG_0022IMG_0019IMG_0016

 

CLASS OF 1900

CLASS OF 1900

So I grouped them like a school class photo.

There are currently 45 figures – as always your thoughts and comments will be appreciated

 


WHATS YOUR SIN??

In AD 590, two centuries after Evagrius wrote his list, Pope Gregory I revised this list to the more common Seven Deadly Sins, by folding (sorrow/despair/despondency) into acedia, vain glory into pride, and adding envy. – repeated by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) centuries later in The Divine Comedy, as follows:

1  luxuria (lechery/lust)
2  gula (gluttony)
3  avaritia (avarice/greed)
4  acedia (sloth/discouragement)
5  ira (wrath)

6  invidia (envy)
7  superbia (pride)

I, the artist, am guilty of sins numbers 1, 2, 3 & 5, not 4, 6 & 7 of the Bible’s Seven Deadly Sins. These are explored for myself and for others in the form of woodcuts because of their medieval style, carved small then blown-up larger.  It is hard to represent literal abstractions when seeking a more subjective or penitent form of working in art as prayer that feels both for the material used as well as for the imagery, representational and abstract. I avoid a cartoon form and the literary obvious, while, at the same time, seeking an iconic representation that is meaningful to me. As every artist knows, art is a wrestle between private and public language. Art is not predominantly about is easily defined in words. The seven deadly sins are difficult for anyone to define because they imply confessing our personal failings, and our society’s failings generally, and they remain open to ambiguity and reinterpretation.

ACEDIA - SLOTH AVARATIA - TOAD GULA -  PRIDE INVIDIA - ENVY IR - GLUTTONY SUPERBIA - WRATHLUXURIA - LUST

 

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FRIEZE-ING IN LONDON vs EDINBURGH ART FAIR

ART REVIEW certainly summed it all up “There’s certainly bling to be found inside the Frieze London tent this year, in large part courtesy of Gagosian’s display of Jeff Koons’s ginormo multimillion-pound shiny stainless steel sculptures (complete with their own security detail). But apart from Koons himself, cheerfully posing for the press in front of his creations, there has, like last year, been less buzz, less glitz, less glam, less free-flowing booze and fewer showbiz celebs.”
Sarah Wilson say – well … this Thursday is the opening of the Edinburgh Art Fair with even less glitz, glam and celebs than London but its closer and my art is there being represented by the Arusha Gallery.
15 affordable pieces from my new collection called “Faded Stars”, prints on wood, worked into with pencil, varnished and sanded back to look like old posters peeling off walls.  Idea knicked from work I saw at the PAD Art Fair in London.  Hope to see you there xx
LILLIAN GISHMARLENE DEITRICHMADELEINE CARROLLEVELYN LAYECLARK GABLEKATHERINE HEPBURNELSIE RANDOLPHlondon

Saatchi you say? Yes, I do say!!

Very happy when I opened this email yesterday…..

Dear Sarah Wilson,

Congratulations! Your artwork with title SUNSHINE ON PEACOCK has been approved and will start appearing with other works on screen at the 2nd floor of the Saatchi Gallery in the next 24 hours. Your work will remain in the loop as long as the screen is up. This is an ongoing project and an end date has not been decided yet. 

Your artwork will be in rotation with other selected artworks. 

Regards,
Admin
Saatchi GalleryImage

And Im off to the Frieze Art Fair tomorrow so may as well pop in!