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See, Not See by Sara Willett

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See, Not See

Sara Willett

100 x 100 cm | 39 x 39 in

Subject: Abstract

Original painting in oil on board.

"Working with multiple layers of paint and with the rhythmic repetition of the triangular motif, I create a surface where colour, shape and depth loose stability; confusing the brain and tricking the eye. I recently read the account of Dr. Oliver Sacks in the New Yorker*, where he describes the experience of a patient who regained his sight after 50 years. The man was unable to distinguish objects or understand perspective as someone sighted from birth would - his brain was unable to process what he saw, resulting in a confused jumble of shapes and colour. Although not a literal interpretation, I was fascinated by the account of this phenomenon. *"


Sara Willett

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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. 

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