Sarah Longworth-West


Jackson's Painting Prize 2022
60 x 42 cm

“Recent panel paintings have been focused upon creating dystopian non-spaces that are hard to locate but overall give the atmosphere of a place in which people or remnants of them occasionally inhabit. I am interested in the ideas surrounding ruins and ruinous behaviour. I make a traditional handmade gesso adding pigment or overlapping layers to fuse colour. Whilst preparing the gesso surface on board, I fanatically sand for a smooth yet inevitably flawed surface (reflecting the paintings’ content) that, when inspected close up, reveals the intricacies and incidental qualities of the material.

Figures are present through their absence and it is this ambiguity and implication of figure or form, which often gives momentum to the paintings’ construction. I am interested in the interplay of representation and abstraction. The use of borders as a device to be a visual weight, container, edge, colour-activator or frame are of recurring importance in allowing a painting to be compressed or subtly released at their boundaries”