2019/06/02

Sarah Gillespie

Sarah Gillespie
studio@sarahgillespie.co.uk
www.sarahgillespie.co.uk


Everything begins with stepping outside.  

Sarah Gillespie
Absence, mezzotint engraving, 16” x 16”

The whole work is how to step over one’s threshold, outside of one’s self, and make enough space to allow existence – specifically the existence of the more than human world - to presence itself.   All my work is of very familiar places here in Devon, so walking, drawing, memory and long, careful observation play a crucial role.  

Sarah Gillespie
Sun speaks to Sap, silverpointl, 27” x 40”

The natural world once you start to really see it can be overwhelming and one has to be calm and make selections, be still and see what is in front of you.   One is looking, always looking for how much one can see and then leave out in order for the drawing to find its poetic resonance. The whole becomes – much as trees already are - a mystic dance between the interior life and exterior weather, the turning of the spheres and the turning of memory.

Sarah Gillespie
Grace and Ash, charcoal 40” x 40”

I relish difficult, or even obsolete methods and materials.  The difficulty is important - there is something to be said for a lack of choices, or the deliberate limiting of choices. Something interesting is always revealed in renunciation. For me when I gave up colour, elements usually hidden, or more accurately passed-over in the landscape became present to me in the secrets and details of the woods and water, moths, hares and birds.  I simply saw more if I wasn’t busy mixing colours.  

Sarah Gillespie
Deep Lane, charcoal, 27” x 40”

Without wishing to self-agrandise, I would like to be, in some small way, an advocate for the more-than-human world, for the complex beauty of trees, for what little is left of what is natural and wild on these islands. I believe, to misquote Yeats, that we ache to press our hearts against what remains of loveliness and I am absolutely not interested in self expression.


Sarah Gillespie
What Remains, silverpoint, 36” x 36”