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2019

Gouache on paper

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Dimensions: 60.5cm (H) x 60.5cm (W) x 4cm (D) / 23.8" (H) x 23.8" (W) x 1.6" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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Shift” attempts to capture the nuances of what we are seeing and how we are able to navigate the visual landscape amidst complex visual patterns. Soft indentations in the structured linear cuts and folds allow for shadows that give way to visual movement. Use of passing colourwaves - where hues in gouache gradate from one to another, creates a moire effect that adds to the visual experience as one’s viewpoint changes, alluding to the process of metamorphosis of one shape to another giving suggestion to the notion that things may always be in a state if flux. Sometimes just in that moment, the unseen is suddenly clear.

Unframed dimensions 59 x 59cm Framed dimensions 60.5 x 60.5 x 4cm

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Hometown: Perth

Based in: Perth

Sarah Thornton-Smith is an artist who loves working with colour.

Her work with gouache on paper is delicate, ephemeral and echo the intimacy of the process and the temporary nature of her feelings through which our experiences and memories are created. The colour palettes in her work are derived directly from her photographic documentation, written notations and watercolour field studies. Sarah’s observation of nature and the subtle connection between colour, form, structure and light intrigues her and so began her conversations with colour.

Developing this observation through her use of ‘colour waves’ in the gradation manipulation of gouache allows a show of visual experiences that translates to experimental notions and ideas. Ideas like kinetic and optical visual play lend themselves to further experimentation that can highlight a memory or experience. Sometimes a connection is made and this is a gift in itself.

Arriving from Singapore in her early teens, Sarah was struck by the quality of the light here in Western Australia which contrasted with her formative experience of light bound by tropical lushness. Her foundation years at university further guided her to her lifelong fascination with colour. Being raised in a Malay Chinese household and crossed between the Eastern and Western cultures, the experience has contributed unwittingly to an enquiry of connections. The work Sarah conducts gives consideration to this underlying notion.


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