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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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urchins

I have been fascinated by sea urchins for ages. As a kid coming down for holidays in Polzeath I remember seeing baskets of the shells...

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...

back from Bryher …

I’m back from two beautiful weeks on Bryher … there I beach combed and found many wonderful things … … filled my sketchbook with words...

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...

gathering …

Sometimes I feel that I am not going anywhere I am not drawing or painting I am not writing I have nothing new on the walls of my garage...

I found a squat lobster cast

I found this exquisite squat lobster cast on Prisk Beach this afternoon. Only 3cm in length and so incredibly delicate one leg has...

the beauty of seaweed…

A little break from Open Studios to look at the seaweeds I collected last week. Some I hung up to dry in my garage and have been nibbling...

Open Studios… five days to go

Only five days to go… … and I have filled my printers tray at last This is yesterdays batch before polishing. Getting ideas for new...

finished, hung and lit …

I have put them in alcoves and shut out the light as much as I can but the evening is definitely the best time to see them lit so I’m...

Open Studio tidy up time…

So its the 1st of May. 24 days till Open studios and look at my studio! . Had a bit of a disaster last week which meant I had to finish...

 

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