Red Thread III

40cm x 51cm x 3cm
Mixed Media

Curator's Eye

Sarah Bird creates meticulously crafted works of geometric abstraction that - through the use of collage and laying of different mediums - blur the line between second and third dimensionality. Combining crisp, architectural lines with a balanced, earthy colour palette, Bird distorts notions of reality, physicality and the digital realm, whilst highlighting the tension between interior and exterior, the personal and universal.

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The idea of the maze in my work is a reflection of the fragmented, disorienting way that we take in and share information in the digital age. The title ‘Red Thread III’ refers to Theseus’ red thread that he used to escape the mythological minotaur in the labyrinth. The surface is a multi-layered digital and handmade collage, suggesting disorienting space and depth. The image itself is made up of cut-up and collaged minimal digital photographs. Creases and bubbles in the surface are hallmarks of the handmade, echoing the noise and pixelation in the digitally-created shapes.

Medium: Photocollage and paper on cradled birchwood panel with matte archival varnish

Country of Origin: United Kingdom