The subject and materiality of Sarah Elson’s sculpture speak explicitly, yet intimately, of transience, ephemerality, sensuality and recipricocity. The artist is attracted to found forms that embody these themes – a flower, leaf or the wings of a deceased moth, for instance. Through the ancient processes of forging and casting, objects are cast, drawn out and hammered until the metal itself begins to reveal the fragility of existence.
Like her organically sourced subject matter, the re-claimed metal Elson employs is similarly recycled. The alloy of shibuichi – a sensual combination of silver and copper – is indicative of Elson’s concern with community, relationships and the cyclical flow of language and belonging. Her work with precious metals offers a further commentary on that which is considered to be of value to Western Australians.
Born in South Australia, Elson has lived and worked in Western Australia for thirty four years. Elson is a Visual Arts graduate from Curtin University. In 2001, she was a recipient of the prestigious Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. In 2003, she completed a Masters in Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London. Sarah has exhibited locally, nationally and overseas and has held three solo exhibitions to date: Anigozanthos (eduamonia hybrid) Galerie Düsseldorf, 2007), phloem poetica (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2010) and rapier lehmanni (Galerie Düsseldorf, 2011).
You can view more of Sarah’s current projects here.
Photo [right] by Christophe Canato.
Featured WorkLament of the Labellum - cusp
- Year: 2016-2019
- Materials: Recycled sterling silver
- Size: 73 x 21 x 8 cm
- Price: $6,600
Sarah works largely with precious metals to examine the nature of preciousness and the inherent preciousness of nature. Transience, ephemerality, sensuality and reciprocity are key words in Sarah’s practice - so too an understanding of community, relationships and the fragility (and constancy) of life. Making for Sarah is a meditation on growth and its potential through an historical and often perceived as static medium.