Sarah Harvey Contemporary Artist

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My studio with an Arctic Climate

In 2010 on November 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm

This Article from a couple of months back, written by Nick Foulkes for a special edition Vanity Fair, talking about Art and time pieces. Just a little something for you to ponder over.

So, I’ve been beavering away in the studio for the last couple of months – hence me not  updating my blog for a while. I do apologise – I have just been really trying to focus on the studio. Since my last Blog the weather has gradually turned from summer to winter and it seems like its happened far too quickly for my liking! Currently in my studio the temperature reads 7 degrees and instead of shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, I am now wearing long Johns (Fetching), trousers, thermal vest, 2 t-shirts, 1 heated thermal top, a woollen jumper (That my husband detests) a battery heated Gilet (how cool is that!), a puffy Gilet thingy and a pair of my dads ‘Thames Water Overalls’ over it all…and it hasn’t even reached it’s coldest yet – ekk! If anyone wants to donate any down filled trousers they would be gratefully received! I’m just not looking forward to having to wear a hat with ear flaps because it makes my head all itchy.

Aside from the crazy turn in weather (I swear my studio has it’s own special climate), things have finally started getting off the ground for me in the studio.

I am working really hard towards the show in Singapore in the Spring which has now turned into a solo which is great, and means I need to really knuckle down to make sure I finish everything.

I am also showing is an exhibition called ‘Cluster’ in Dublin at the Stone gallery this December. I’m pretty excited about this as the painting I am showing is from the new series of works called ‘The Chicken Puppet Shows’. Whilst I was in Singapore, I picked up a few chickens from the local markets and photographed them underwater with strings attached. I really do apologise if you are upset for the chickens in anyway, but I can assure you that they were well looked after in the making of the photography. Also, they said they liked it. (That’s what I say about my dog when I attach pegs to her tail and whiskers!). This is Florence who comes everywhere with me.

here is where I am showing: http://www.stonegallery.ie/?attachment_id=2600

I’d be interested to know what any of you thought of the painting if you had a moment.

‘Chicken Puppet Show1’

From time to time I have people ask me what I am ‘going to do next’. Painting cats? Paintings flowers in vases? How about paintings sunsets?!

For me, painting is an ongoing process and not something you can move on from quickly, leaping from idea to idea. I have been painting the images of figures emerged in water for a few years now, but when I look at the paintings I was making 6 years ago, I realise I have taken my paintings to a different place. My paintings used to be just of girls swimming in water, but now they is a story to each one which involves different issues and ideas that I have been dealing with as a human being.

I try to make my paintings accessible on many different levels. On the surface, my paintings can be hung on the wall without even grandma being offended, but for those who want to look deeper there is a lot to discover in each painting, and insecurities, sexuality and desires are just the beginning.

her body appears immersed in the water – refracted, distorted, liquefied, and abstracted with almost hyper-real attention to detail. But as her work has developed, it has become clear that these paintings are much more than the tantalising, exotic images that they at first appear to be.” James Freeman.

I was chatting to a good friend of mine Ruth Solomons yesterday about this. There are few artists that I respect their views and comments about my work from and Ruth is one of these few. (This is one of many reviews she’s written if you fancy a read: http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/837746). Anyway, in the words of Ruth Solomons “Frank Auerbach was probably asked frequently  when he was going to do something other than portraits, luckily for us he carried on doing what he believed in”. http://www.marlboroughfineart.com/artist-Frank-Auerbach-52.html

She’s right, along with Claude Monet painting water lilies and Jackon Pollock paintings wiggly lines.

In my studio there is so much that is never seen. Sketches, ideas, writing, and I would like to add that, although everyone only sees the paintings on my website and what I show, I am in fact always working on other canvases which are completely unrelated to the work everyone knows. I am just not ready for anyone to see these right now.

I still have more ground to cover so please be patient while I continue on my painting journey.

To finish off, I thought I would share a piece of art I found on the internet a while back called ‘King of Birds’ by Kahn & Selesnick. It is a great painting and made me smile.

On a final note, congratulations to William and Kate on their Engagement – I for one am very excited. I just need to find the right dress to wear to the wedding now! Right, I’m off to create a master piece… but maybe a cup of tea first!

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