Artist: Sally Cole
Media: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 122 x 152cm
Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800
I am a painter and printmaker and the land is my inspiration.
For me to respond to and record the landscape truthfully I need time and total immersion, observing and listening, whilst being quiet within the land.
I work outside in all weathers, often working on a large scale, responding to the energy of the wind and sounds of the sea.
I make repeated visits throughout the year to the same location allowing my ideas to develop through the changing seasons. For the past eight years I have spent at least two months of the year drawing and painting in Pembrokeshire, working as close to the edge of the cliffs as I can safely get.
In January last year I was Artist in Residence at Oriel y Parc, St Davids, Pembrokeshire. This was an invaluable time and my sense of place has certainly deepened.
In September 2020 I was due to be Artist in Residence at the Cill Rialaig Project, Ireland, the most Western point in Europe now postponed until September 2021.
In 2019 I was awarded a months residency with the Earthskin Trust in New Zealand. I spent a month in isolation on Piha beach, a magnificent West Coast beach on North Island, New Zealand. I have been invited to return to continue my project ‘Embodied Land’, now postponed due to Covid travel restrictions.
Embodied Land is an ongoing body of work. I was fortunate to be able to have a solo show of work from the project at the Rye Gallery July-September 2020.
I seem to be drawn to the Western points of the compass. In Pembrokeshire, New Zealand and Ireland. When walking the Pembrokeshire coastal path I find I gravitate to the west. I sit on the cliffs to draw always looking West.
The painting I have put into the auction is titled ‘Walking West’ which I hope illustrates my constant westerly journey into the landscape.
Sally Cole is represented by the Rye Gallery Sussex.