Main Gallery June 8th - July 5th 2011
Stonescape is an imaginary sculptural installation, the series forming one continuous narrative comprising 10 works.
In this body of work the artist’s background in Sculpture is evident. “As an environmental artist I want to remind viewers of the beauty and diversity that exists in our coastlines and riverbeds. As a sculptor I want to play with space and to manipulate objects within a given environment. As a painter I want to revel in the colour, texture and diversity of the rocks I am painting.”
Sarah Anderson, a graduate of the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, was born in Christchurch. On finishing School she spent two years working at the Canterbury Museum and two years travelling before returning to New Zealand to attend University.
On finishing her studies she pursued her career in Fine Arts showing in Christchurch and was involved in several original Theatre productions.
In 1991 she gave birth to her first child followed by number two in 1994 precipitating a decision to retire from showing until her youngest started School. During this period she stayed in touch with Art Practice through teaching, both privately and as the 3-Dimensional Tutor at the Design and Arts College, Christchurch.
In 2000 Sarah relocated with her family to the Waikato, both children now established at school she set up her studio and has been exhibiting in the North Island regularly since 2001.
Interestingly the break in practice while bringing up her children lead to a change in direction for Anderson and she now sees herself principally as a painter but one who's focus derives from her background in Sculpture.
Anderson has exhibited in Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga, Te Aroha, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Martinborough and Hamilton and has works in private collections both in New Zealand and overseas.