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SARAH WARD MEET HER MONDAY OCTOBER 24 6:00 WILTON LIBRARYASSOCIATION
My practice revolves around the notion of virtual space. Asking the question; what reality do you experience when you stand before a piece of Art? This reality occupies an imagined space that cannot be physically accessed, but yet has an ability and power to immerse the spectator. It is a place free of limitations, defiant of scientific reasoning and obligation. In doing so, I hope to develop an alternative to the arbitrary presumptions of physical reality. The departure point begins with my experience of place, which in the past has focused primarily on the built environment. I want to explore the relationship between art and space to consider how places are occupied, which at times can be transitory. Through documentation by means of photography, painting, drawing and collage, I aim to stimulate a series of work that illustrates my direct response to the natural surroundings of Weir Farm. Stopping for a moment, and pausing to reconsider the unseen. Devoid of people and animals, I will focus my attention solely on the spatial relations of shape, line, texture and colour. I am driven by new environments, particularly ones that are starkly opposite to my own in Ireland, one where I can draw new visual sources from. At this point in my practice, it is of great importance to me that Weir Farm is situated in a rural setting. I want to consider how architectural forms can be both found and employed in natural landscapes. My hope is that these sources I will collect at Weir Farm can be incorporated and manipulated with my sources of Dublin to be developed further after my stay. I desire this opportunity to immerse myself in the natural landscape of Weir Farm, to investigate the role painting and drawing plays in our understanding of space.
~ Sarah Ward
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Weir Farm Art Center 735 Nod Hill Road Wilton, CT 06897