Sarah Smith was born in 1965 in Yorkshire and studied figurative art for many years including full-time study at The Elizabeth Frink School of Figurative Sculpture and a year of stone carving in Northern Italy. In 2005 Sarah returned to live in the distinctive limestone landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, bordering The Forest of Bowland and the Lake District.
“every landscape has its own latent poetry – the contours of the land and the plants reveal to you the geometry of its soul”
Smith’s work is collaboration with the natural world. An important part of the sculptures are the various places that the stones are found, their history and the stories that can be told. This process allows a dialogue with the stone, her sculptures both reveal what lies beneath and allows the stone to communicate back into the world. It is important to recognise that the sculptures continue to evolve long after Smith has journeyed with them; the time spent together is but a moment in time.
“the visual language of the landscape draws you in”
Smith has won a number of awards in the UK and residencies abroad. This has informed her work to develop further into collaboration with other artists using different mediums; a recognition of the need to use creativity to express her wider concerns about the natural world.
“art should be an affirmation of life, not an attempt to bring order……. but simply a way of waking up to the very life we are living, which is so excellent, once one gets one’s mind and one’s desires out of the way and lets it act of its own accord” – Jean Baudrillard
Her work is held in private collections both in the UK and abroad and in public offices.