Sarah Bird’s work combines photography, digital painting and collage to produce vivid abstractions that document the idea of ‘home’ in an increasingly virtual world. Bird (b. 1983) studied Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths College. She remains in South-East London and divides her time between teaching and making art and photography. Her work has been used on an album cover for Japanese artist ‘Brockbeats’ and she has been shortlisted for the Apthorp Prize. Bird exhibits regularly and her work is held in private collections in the UK and USA.
“My collages explore the harmony and tension between the virtual and the real in an increasingly digital world. They consist of cut-up and re-composed photographs of my immediate environment: windows, doorways, and liminal spaces that mark the tension between inside and outside, public and private. They depict portals and thresholds, the points of boundary and change.
They echo the idea of the virtual as a simulation and I use photography as a medium to create a kind of back-lit effect similar to that of a screen, but also one which reveals the limitations of the digital through pixelation and distortion. They draw inspiration from physical architecture and reflect the often fragmented nature of the ways in which we share and consume information in the digital age. My work has been described as both familiar and unfamiliar at once, and it's this sense of ‘inbetween-ness’ that I am interested in”.
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