© Sarah Cunningham

My interest lies in the landscapes through which communities identify themselves and whether this creates a common memory. I am interested in the way in which organic textures and patterns resonate. I investigate both the presence of the flora and foliage that can be found within a landscape – as well as how the plants that inhabit these scenes can describe the habitats they are a part of.

​The use of paint as a medium in my work is important because it is about landscape painting as a genre and the role it has in mythologizing ideas of where were from and who we are. Our connection to place and the way we see ourselves in the world are bound to one another. I draw on these parallels between nature and human nature through the application of paint and collage. Each painting begins as a response and an experience of a place. I consider how we negotiate places that we have been to and visited, and how we remember.

I have recently been living with the Kuna community in the indigenous region of Guna Yala, Panama as an artist in residence. I was fascinated by the richness and diversity of this landscape and the ancestral connections to nature that the Kuna people have carried for centuries. I am finding ways to access and comment on these connections whilst focusing on the botanical identity of the region.

Sarah studied Fine Art at Loughborough University, graduating in 2015. She currently lives and works in Nottingham and has a studio space at Backlit Gallery. She will be starting an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art this September.

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