Galileo Galilei Limited edition of 20
Etching on Zerkall German Etch 350gsm paper
Paper size 70cm x 70cm
Plate/image size 60cm x 60cm
Duncan is influenced by forms and light invisible to the naked eye, she seeks beauty in the realms of science, astronomy, microscopy.
Her printmaking revels in time and speed, abstracted by telescopes peering into the deep past or microscopes delving into hidden worlds. This seascape is modern image using traditional hand printing methods.
Size: H:70 cm x W:70 cm
Sarah Duncan is an artist and printmaker who has limited edition prints online and on the art gallery at Wychwood Art Gallery. Discover her works online today.
Sarah Duncan is an artist based in Bristol. She studied Textile Design and then spent 10 years working within the Art Department in feature films. Duncan has recently passed her Masters degree in Print with Distinction at UWE in Bristol.
Sarah Duncan comments: "My practice is based on the natural world, and my most recent work has
focused on our relationship with the remote and inaccessible, notably
the ocean and the cosmos. I am drawn to phenomena that appear on
the surface to be constant and uniform but on further inspection reveal
themselves to be unique, constantly in flux and ever changing- an
observation that may also apply to forms and light that are invisible to
the naked eye.
My prints seek to embed the humanly experienced physical world into
the unknowable enormity of the cosmos. It shares the central aims of
science in trying to make sense of our surroundings, but focuses on an
emotional and embodied response rather than a purely intellectual one.
Perhaps due to slight agoraphobia, I am drawn to wilderness and large
spaces, the gigantic and intangible. My efforts to capture these on
paper are attempts to tame them and render them more familiar and
accessible. My recent work has focused on the Earth, sky and water.
These elements are immeasurably large, but the process of observing,
selecting and reproducing a portion of them inside a frame makes that
section more knowable whilst simultaneously revealing how
unknowable the whole is.
My practice is concerned with shifting and unstable bodies of matter,
momentarily suspended in time. Many stars we see when viewing them
through a telescope no longer exist. We are in fact peering into the
past, as illuminated by the old light dead and distant stars. Capturing
this image with a print or drawing is magical. The same is true of the
physical formation of our own terrestrial landscapes. I am interested in
the forces that have shaped our planet and left their marks and traces
upon the landscape. Rather than telescopy, research into these forces is
inherent in walking through a landscape and responding to it through
photography, sketching and note taking. These records then become
the starting point for a piece.
The cyclical nature of landscape creation and erosion is echoed in my
drawing, which has become less about the line and more concerned
with the nature of layers. By using layers of organic materials- charcoal,
graphite, wax and chalk- to build up surfaces over the paper, and
eroding portions of these layers through erasing, the drawings echo the
creative forces behind the landscapes they represent."
To discuss any of Sarah Duncan's prints, please contact email@example.com or call 07799535765 / 01869338155.