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Sara Willett

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Degree: Fine Art
University: Camberwell College of Art
Graduation Year: 2002

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Willett’s paintings are visually mesmerizing, tonal paintings that emerge from what seems like an endearing and hopeful obsessive compulsion – a visual ambiguity is manifest. The finished effect is like watching continually moving shoals of fish or swarming insects. Sara Willett’s paintings are held in collections in the UK and throughout the world, and her work has been featured in A-N magazine. 

Artist Statement

My recent paintings follow an evolving methodology. I create detailed, multi-layered, fragmented surfaces through which I aim to investigate perception and illusion. The triangular or circular forms that swarm across the surface evolve gradually over time. The process consists of both systematic repetition and reflective experience and the results are never entirely predictable or envisaged. The nets or webs also act as a form of diagram to the paintings, their flow often working in opposition to the rhythms of the underlying layers to create visual tensions and dynamic movement. The results play with the stability of the viewing experience, sometimes reversing the negative spaces and disrupting the saturated colour field, confusing the eye and tricking the brain.

There is a desire through the labour intensity of the work for the monumental and prosaic to co-exist and for the results to act as a record of the temporal activity, tracing its rhythms and movements. The work also explores the pictorial surface and space as a platform for metamorphosis, transformation and evolution. The paintings often have a playful element, hovering between abstract and representational, elevating the mundane to an absurdly heightened status. The imagery is sourced from a diverse variety of influences including fabrics, mosaics, Chinese landscape painting, Flemish primitive painting, micro/macro biological, sci-fi and pseudo science, as well as referencing traditional domestic and quotidian crafts. I am also interested in the potential of the decorative itself to act as a disruptive or unsettling force. Although painting is the locus of my practice, I also work in a variety of mediums, including photography, printmaking and large scale installations, which immerse the viewer in sensory environments. An interactive dialogue between the installations and paintings often develop, with one informing and advancing the other.

Original works:

Beijing Mountain Dusk

By Sara Willett

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Mood Indigo

By Sara Willett

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Beijing Mountain Glow

By Sara Willett

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Everyday Sublime - Purple Madd...

By Sara Willett

£1500

Not Quite Light - Everyday Sub...

By Sara Willett

£1400

Everyday Sublime

By Sara Willett

£1400

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Psychidea i

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Psychidea ii

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Psychidea iii

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Gauged V

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Red Gauge II

By Sara Willett

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Yellow River Rising

By Sara Willett

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Gauged III

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Excavations Yellow

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Imagine

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Gauged IV

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Close My Eyes

By Sara Willett

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Interruption

By Sara Willett

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Shadoweb I

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Shadoweb II

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Shadoweb III

By Sara Willett

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Webeye

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Razzle Dazzle

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Shadoweb x

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Excavation Sky

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Excavation Sea

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Razzle Dazzle Red

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Chinaweb V

By Sara Willett

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Chinaweb 1

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Electric Blue 2

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After Ishihara # iii

By Sara Willett

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After Ishihara # i

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After Ishihara # iv

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After Ishihara # ii

By Sara Willett

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Road to Wutongshen

By Sara Willett

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See, Not See

By Sara Willett

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Everyday Sublime # II

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Dehescience

By Sara Willett

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China Web VI

By Sara Willett

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Parade No. 1

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Excavation x

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Silver Screen

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Seekers i

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A Thousand Li

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Shadow Play

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