Explorations of memory and traces of human activity through the medium of abstract ceramic sculpture.
Sara Radstone describes her work as âa lifetime obsession with things that are overlooked or discarded'. Thoughts of archived objects and the traces or fragments of long redundant artefacts all haunt her work; they represent, as she puts it, the âfrozen remains of what might have been.'
Her most recent sculptures on the theme of distant and fragile memory make reference to both past works and more universal themes. Some aspects of her investigation include the re-envisioning of her personal visual language. She speaks of âRe-visiting a sense of volume and seeing it differently', to overturn the original idea to the degree of âgoing to the absolute opposite'. Thus formerly enclosed shapes are now ripped open, while a delicate, skeletal wall-mounted piece, composed of frail fragments, makes poignant reference to an earlier sculpture, sadly lost alongside numerous other contemporary British artworks in the MoMart warehouse fire of 2004.
Traces of thoughts and the notion of ideas gradually taking shape and accumulating over time are also represented in a series of folder or book-like forms. These thin and precarious objects appear dry and brittle, torn, scratched and punctured, while bearing the sheen of use. Radstone found herself returning to work on the books almost as a daily ritual; as such they became the focus of her interest in âbuilding up a sort of diary of marks', serving as a record of âthe struggle to express things on their pages'.
Sara Radstone (b.1955) studied at Herefordshire College of Art (1975-76) and Camberwell School of Art & Design, London (1976-79). She has exhibited internationally and her work can be found in numerous public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum, USA; Shigaraki Cultural Park, Japan; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
For more information, images, or to arrange an interview with the artist please contact Tatjana Marsden or Siobhan Feeney. Tel: 020 7336 6396 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 11.00 18.00 and Saturday 11.00 16.00.
Nearest tube stations are Barbican, Farringdon or Old Street.
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