Sara Dudman RWA
’A deep curiosity about relationships and places underpins my creative practice.’
Using the personal and interpretive possibilities of drawing and painting, yet drawn from the immediacy and documentation of video, Sara’s works reinterpret the landscape and the elements at play upon it. Traces of the layering process revealed within the works assert the primacy of paint itself as a contributor to the creation and realisation of each work. The use of tape, to variously describe the flight patterns of birds and suggest the turbulence leading to rock erosion characterises several works.
Rocks have emerged as metaphors for defining and questioning assumptions about permanence, resistance and protection. Sara’s residency in Staithes coincided with fledging time for the kittiwake colony nesting in their thousands on the precarious cliff-faces. The fascination with the noise and activity of the sea birds in Staithes and also down the coast at Bempton can be seen in several pieces in which the seemingly fragile and chaotic motion and transience of the birds is balanced against the apparent permanence of the cliffs and rocks.
The life-cycle of rocks and their integral place in shaping our experience of coastal places and Sara’s fascination with rocks is an ongoing theme which has evolved through stages including: ‘Fallen Rocks’ ‘Thrown Rocks’ ‘Sibling Rocks’ ‘Boundary Rocks’.
Sara was elected an academician at the Royal West of England Academy of Art in 2016. She has exhibited widely including The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The National Open Art Competition, The Society of Wildlife Artists’ annual exhibition, The Royal Watercolour Society’s annual Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition. I have been selected for artist residencies in diverse locations including Italy, Cornwall, Shetland and Northumberland.
Sara lives and works in Somerset.