In seeking to capture a sense of peace and simplicity, Sara’s work explores and expresses the mystic sense of spirituality found in Nature.
The process itself and the practicing of an open, accepting state of mind towards unexpected insights and visual outcomes, very much forms the core of her practice.
Employing left-hand drawing and the technique of monotypes (where a one-off print is created) to work with the subject matter, often shapes and characters from Nature, Sara leaves imagination and serendipity to work its wonder.
Often this process produces compositions of perfect imperfection, which suits the simplistic expression of authenticity, which is Sara’s experience when being with natural elements such as a branch, a stone, bark, lichen on a boulder.
Finding inspiration mainly in Zen and Taoist meditative ink drawings, typically in a monochrome colour palette, Sara also resonate with subtle sensations of the materials used, such as paper weight, tone and texture, which is why Chinese and Japanese papers, brushes and ink form a part of her practice. These materials inform and support the subject matter through embodying the peaceful energy of the Easters way of relating to Life and Nature.
Sara Samuelsson is a painter and printmaker, originally from Sweden.
Since arriving in Cornwall in 2005 she studied art at Cornwall College to then go on to complete a BA in Fine Art at University College Falmouth in 2008.
She is an annual participant of Open Studios.
Sara’s specialism at Falmouth was printmaking, which she has incorporated to form an essential part of her practice at Chylasson Barns, Nancledra, Penwith, where she is now based. She loves passing on her passion for printmaking through running workshops from her studio.
February-March 2018 Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, 'Drawing Down the Feminine group exhibition
May-June 2016 The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, 'Drawing Down the Feminine' group exhibition
March 2016 Newlyn Art Gallery 'Drawing Down the Feminine' group exhibition
January 2016 The Penwith Gallery associates group exhibition