• Sarah Walmsley

    Sarah Walmsley
    • Artist Statement
      • This body of work is centred around three main themes. These include absence and presence, memory and the female nude. In order to explore and make tangible these themes, I created a series of figurative sculptures in the mediums of bronze, glass and resin. These sculptures are displayed as pairings and groupings which invite a visual dialogue between the figures. As this body of work was created in partial fulfilment of my Master’s in Fine Art Sculpture, I began with a research question which explored what the role of memory and the imago is within dualistic representations of the absent and present, as represented in the mediums of bronze, glass and resin.

        The creative and research processes culminated in the body of artwork, entitled Absence and Presence: in Search of Memory and the Imago, which is presented as a narrative installation and exhibition of sculptural work. This body of work was driven by the creation of a signifier and allegory for an absent presence or present absence which will always evoke the contemplation of this interplay between these two terms and the ways in which they define and become one another within the narrative of personal memory. Personal memories will always collide with the present and bring with them the memories of absence, but encourage the subject to make tangible this absence in order to confront it and in doing so, realise that it cannot be addressed separately from the presence which defines it.

    • Biography

      • Masters Fine Art Sculpture (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)

        Sarah Walmsley has just completed her Master’s in Fine Art Sculpture, following her BTech in Fine Art Sculpture (cum laude) at Nelson Mandela University. Walmsley’s work offers a new approach to the sculptural female nude. Her emotive sculptures gracefully bear the weight of their experience as they silently communicate with each other and their viewers. Her preferred subject matter of the female body, often explores self-portraits as her primary reference point is her body. She creates her explorative figurative sculptures in the mediums of bronze, kiln-formed glass and resin.

        Through the body language and essence of her sculptures combined with the mediums in which they are created, she aims to visually portray absence and presence using the body as an allegory. This is set within a narrative of personal memory. Walmsley believes that the body is a uniting factor for all of us and individually, our bodies contribute to the ways in which we understand the world. Her work also addresses the ways in which the naked female body has been voyeuristically represented in art and aims to reclaim the female nude, through representations of ‘naked nudes’ by a female artist.


        Competitions and Awards


        Barclay’s L’Atelier Top 100 National Finalist (2015)
        Sasol New Signatures Top 100 National Finalist (2015).
        Sasol New Signatures Top 100 National Finalist (2014)

        Selected Exhibitions
        2018:

        Masters Graduate Exhibition, Bird Street Gallery Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Ongoing feature and representation on State of the ART’s online Gallery platform
        Absence and Presence: In Search of Memory and the Imago, Solo Exhibition at State of the ART Gallery, Cape Town, Western Cape

        2017: 
        The Human Landscape, ArtEC, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        National Arts Festival NMMU Sculpture and Painting Exhibition, Carinus Art Centre, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
        Untitled | Spring, State of the ART Gallery, Cape Town, Western Cape
        Summer Show, The Boutique Gallery, Franschhoek, Western Cape.
        Paradisiac, Daniel Kok Galery, Hermanus.
        Art Meander, Bird Street Gallery Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Dialogues, State of the ART Gallery, Cape Town, Western Cape
        Ongoing feature and representation on State of the ART’s online Gallery platform

        2016:
        In the Making, ArtEC, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Skate Create Exhibition, at the Colours of You South Africa Creative Festival, Port Elizabeth (invited artist)
        Art Meander, Art on Target, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        NMMU Bird Street Gallery Pop-Up Exhibition, NMMU Bird Street Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Beneath the Skin Exhibition, State of the ART Gallery, Cape Town, Western Cape
        Intersectionality Exhibition, NMMU South Campus, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Ongoing feature and representation on State of the ART’s online Gallery platform

        2015:

        Aphrodisiac Exhibition, Cavalli Estate, Somerset West, Western Cape
        Barclay’s L’Atelier Regional Finalists Exhibition, NMMU North Campus, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Barclay’s L’Atelier Top 100 National Finalists Exhibition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, Gauteng (catalogue)
        National Arts Festival NMMU Exhibition, Trinity Hall, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
        Parcels of Memory Exhibition, Gallerie Noko, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Sasol New Signatures Regional Finalists Exhibition, NMMU North Campus, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Ongoing feature and representation on State of the ART’s online Gallery platform

        2014:
        Parergons of the Divine Virgule Exhibition, ArtEC Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Sasol New Signatures Top 100 National Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Gauteng (catalogue)
        Shades of Pink Exhibition, Gallerie Noko, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        NMMU BTech Graduate Exhibition, Athenaeum , Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        NEWNOWNEXT Exhibition, Gallerie Noko, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        Equus Exhibition, Cavalli Estate, Somerset West, Western Cape

        2013:
        Modern Miniatures Exhibition, ART Gallery and at National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
        Small Works Great Concepts Exhibition, ART Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
        NMMU Graduate Exhibition, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

    • Video
  • Everything The Light Touches (Lightbox Edition) - Mixed Media by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Everything The Light Touches (Lightbox Edition)
    Mixed Media / 32 x 47 cm
    $500
  • Being (bronze) Edition 2/12 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Being (bronze) Edition 2/12
    Sculpture / 18 x 126 cm
    $2 270
  • Meadow Horse:  Ed.1/12 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Meadow Horse: Ed.1/12
    Sculpture / 23 x 17 cm
    $360
  • Searching II (bronze) Edition 1/12 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Searching II (bronze) Edition 1/12
    Sculpture / 16 x 82 cm
    $1 670
  • Searching I (resin) Edition 1/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Searching I (resin) Edition 1/24
    Sculpture / 16 x 91 cm
    $820
  • Being (white resin) Edition 1/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Being (white resin) Edition 1/24
    Sculpture / 29 x 90 cm
    $820
  • Being (bronze) Edition 1/12 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Being (bronze) Edition 1/12
    Sculpture / 18 x 108 cm
    $2 040
  • Searching I & II (diptych) - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Searching I & II (diptych)
    Sculpture / 45 x 50 cm
    $2 130
  • Searching I & II (resin diptych) - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Searching I & II (resin diptych)
    Sculpture / 40 x 50 cm
    $1 320
  • Searching II (resin) Edition 2/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    Searching II (resin) Edition 2/24
    Sculpture / 25 x 50 cm
    $770
  • WUU2 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    WUU2
    Sculpture / 50 x 30 cm
    $2 490
  • I Can See You  Ed.6 of 24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley SARAH WALMSLEY
    I Can See You Ed.6 of 24
    Sculpture / 8 x 40 cm
    $310
  • Morning (bronze) Edition 1/12 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Morning (bronze) Edition 1/12
    Sculpture / 16 x 31 cm
  • Serendipity I (bronze) Edition 1/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Serendipity I (bronze) Edition 1/24
    Sculpture / 17 x 165 cm
  • Searching (Inset) - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Searching (Inset)
    Sculpture / 20 x 69 cm
  • Morning (resin) Edition 1/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Morning (resin) Edition 1/24
    Sculpture / 16 x 31 cm
  • Searching I (clear resin) Edition 1/12 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Searching I (clear resin) Edition 1/12
    Sculpture / 21 x 80 cm
  • Searching II (resin) Edition 1/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Searching II (resin) Edition 1/24
    Sculpture / 16 x 83 cm
  • Morning (bronze) Edition 2/12 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Morning (bronze) Edition 2/12
    Sculpture / 16 x 31 cm
  • Disconnected 6/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Disconnected 6/24
    Sculpture / 40 x 20 cm
  • Disconnected 4/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Disconnected 4/24
    Sculpture / 40 x 20 cm
  • The Trace 3/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    The Trace 3/24
    Sculpture / 16 x 35 cm
  • Everything The Light Touches - Glass Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Everything The Light Touches
    Glass Sculpture / 29 x 51 cm
  • Disconnected - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Disconnected
    Sculpture / 17 x 31 cm
  • The Trace 2/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    The Trace 2/24
    Sculpture / 16 x 35 cm
  • Presently Absent 1/24 - Sculpture by Sarah Walmsley
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    Presently Absent 1/24
    Sculpture / 14 x 36 cm