© 2020 by Sarah Bird

I am an artist / educator based in South London.  I photograph small details from my immediate environment - primarily domestic and institutional spaces - and flip, rotate, layer and splice them together to form semi-abstract, ambiguous spaces.


I am currently particularly interested in the spaces we create for ourselves as individuals and communities, with or without walls and borders. These may be domestic, institutional, architectural or even digital. The resultant compositions may suggest, or be representational of, portals or thresholds and 'inbetween' places. These depictions explore the tension between sanctuary and territory but are also symbolic of a screen for one's own desires or of an escape.  I collage and use found objects and ephemera as a kind of support that juxtaposes the real with the imagined, making the familiar, alien.


As an educator, my own art practice has explored the often fragmented nature of the way we pass on and take in information, from folklore to social media newsfeeds. I have been drawn to things that show traces of human action over time: the layers of paint and wallpaper or the marks on a chopping board that has warped and split with use as a metaphor for how narratives can become distorted, entrenched and even oppressive over time.


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Upcoming Shows


2020 Mar 5th - Mar 8th - #FAKENEWS - Offshoot Gallery, London

2019 Dec 4th - Apr 20th 2020 - ELEVATE 02 - The Shard, London


2019  'COUNTER I BALANCE' - Trinity Gallery, London

2019  'Ingenious' Online Exhibition, ArtCan, www.artcan.org.uk

2017  'Desperate Artwives / FiLiA Conference' - Institute of Education, London

2017  'Artsdepot Open' - Apthorp Gallery, London (shortlisted)

2016  'THAT Show' - Four Corners Gallery, London

2015  'Inside Out' - Portman Gallery, London

2014  'Natural Continuum' - Portman Gallery, London

2009  'Cheap Trick' - Institute of Education, London

2005  'Solid Gold' - Goldsmith's College, London


2008 - 2009   PGCE Secondary Art and Design - Institute of Education, London

2002 - 2005   BA (Hons) Fine Art and History of Art - Goldsmith's College, London