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”
Reflecting the landscape which surrounds her, Smith’s work delves into the subconscious and becomes a collaboration with the natural world. An important part of the sculptures are the various places that the stones are found. Smith’s stone hunting takes her all over the country and abroad – 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.
“the visual language of the landscape draws you in”
Smith’s process is a meditation during which she works simultaneously on pieces allowing herself to reflect on each one as she moves between, creating rhythm, lines and form. Walking the landscape is an integral part of this work.
“much of my work is about rhythm both that which I see and that which I feel ….. inside, outside – it is life”
“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.