The Second Novelty At Square Pier, Jan–14
Acrylic on panel
Original size: 61 x 61 cm
Photographer: Sarah R. Key
Appropriation plays a large part in Sarah R. Key’s working methods, where imagery relating to particular films and music might be employed alongside odd architecture, constructed environments and fuzzy fields. Hybrid and anthropomorphic forms are used to pose questions about ideas and scenarios that relate to human experiences of constructed environments (in the absence of natural ones). The imagery aims to leave questions hanging over the ambiguous nature of forms and space, which have both abstract and narrative potential – that it is not at all clear where (or when) we are meant to be (in time and in reality) is essential to the work.
Over the past decade, Key has exhibited internationally, in London, Stockholm, Dresden and in South Korea. Represented in private and public collections, Sarah’s work has garnered significant art prizes and nominations. In 2010 her work was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show, in 2011 for the Mostyn Open and Threadneedle Prize, where she was a finalist. In 2014 Key has a solo show at New Court Gallery, Repton, Different Kinds Of Matter and is also showing in the group show Enclosures/Elsewhere at the Lion & Lamb Gallery, London.