Sarah Rayner is an artist working within a post conceptual era. Originating from a textiles background, Sarah graduated with an honours degree from the University of Southern Queensland in 1997 majoring in textiles and went on to lecture in this field for over 10 years.
Sarah has recently begun to use porcelain as a medium from which to translate observations of her local environment in Maleny, Queensland. Living in bushland and surrounded by flora, Sarah closely identifies with Australian native plants.
Porcelain has its own historical and cultural references to drawing rooms, aristocracy, purity and luxury, its precious nature correlating to that of Sarah’s subject matter. The earthiness of plants, the interconnected eco system, humus, decay and the cycle of life are distilled and accentuated by the cool, clean porcelain forms with their delicate pleats and clefts.
The medium is appropriate to the subject and hints of where Sarah’s work might go into the future appear in the use of other materials such as entomological pins, silk, thorns and her use of museological display. Yet whatever the medium her methodology is consistent… grounded in process with a focus on form and texture.
This is an artist with boundless curiosity and a passion for the beauty and vulnerability of all living things.
Sarah has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and has had public artworks commissioned by the Brisbane City Council in Melbourne Street, West End and in the Mater Private Hospital, Springfield Queensland. Her work is held in the Toowoomba Regional Art gallery collection and represented in many private collections.
She recently won the Little Things Art Prize in Sydney and was honoured for her work to appear on the front cover of Australian Ceramics in July 2018. Her first major ceramics solo exhibition “Flowerbones” opens on September 8th at Onespace Gallery, Gladstone Street Highgate Hill, QLD.