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Sarah McCartney Artist

Cornish artist living and working in Falmouth

 

I collect and make stories about my encounters with non-human life in sea, land and air. I celebrate, mourn, and bring attention to those I meet. I am witness to the moment I am in and believe that even though my efforts seem small, I bring something new to the world by reciprocating the gifts I have been given. 

This then is the work, a continuous journey. Paper, specimen and word. Sometimes it is enough to leave these fragments in sketchbooks and drawers. A drawing in a sketchbook may be full of energy and life, the little resin in my hand may be a beautiful object. But the whole story can be hard to see. 
My task is to curate the fragments and make song with all the seeing. Everything is connected. 

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Finding joy in little things

A robin follows me as I dig. Sandwich terns dive around me hunting for silver fish as I swim. Rain falls on the surface of the sea and my...

a whimbrel on Prisk

I wandered slowly along Prisk a few days ago looking for shells and things. Found 21 cowries, a few bird bones, crab moults and a lovely...

one for sorrow…

Magpie Pica pica, one who chatters, one who compulsively hoards small objects. You might say I am a bit of a magpie. I was born in the...

bird skull update…

I kept the skulls of the song thrush and the jay. Just finished cleaning them and have made a few quick drawings before I put them with...

… time to lay the birds to rest

I wrote a post in August about drawing and painting dead birds. I found this Jay on a road near Bissoe and brought it home to paint and...

bird skulls from Samson

I was trying to sort out the things I found on Scilly but ended up spending the whole evening measuring skulls and bills and working my...

painting dead birds

I’ve been drawing and painting dead birds. I don’t want them to die. I don’t hunt for them. but they come to me and I love their beauty...

drawing and more drawing

dying to be reborn Doing a bit of making now and again. This piece and a couple of others so they can go in an exhibition soon. Have...

 

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