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August 18, 2019
Duncan tells us about her art practice which focuses on our relationship with the remote and inaccessible...
I am drawn to phenomena that on the surface appear to be constant and uniform, but on deeper inspection reveal themselves to be unique and constantly in flux. My work reflects on wilderness and large spaces, the gigantic and intangible. My efforts to capture these on paper attempt to tame them and make them more familiar and accessible. My recent work has focused on the elements of earth, sky, and water. Observing, selecting and reproducing discrete parts of these within a frame makes each part more knowable while highlighting their intangible wholes.
Red Shift, 2014. Etching. 70cm x 70cm
Auahituroa, 2016, Etching, 70 x 70 cm
A mind-blowing moment that I really loved was when one of the astronomers asked me if I’d seen the supernova in one of the galaxies, which is when a star comes to the end of its life and explodes. He was explaining how it would get bigger for a couple of weeks and then turn into a red dwarf before disappearing, but it had happened 65 million years ago and had taken that long to reach the earth. That suddenly put everything into perspective about what we were looking at through the telescope, what we could see with our naked eye.
White Noise, 2017, Lithography, 70 x 70 cm
I am increasingly drawn to landscapes which reflect climate change, or which place the fragility of our planet in its cosmological perspective. I continue to explore transition and turbulence within the landscape, but choose to show the beauty rather than the devastation, a celebration of what we stand to lose.
Opening image credit: Gibbous, 2017, Etching 79 x 53 cm
For more on Sarah Duncan visit http://print.sarahduncan.net/