I am Sarah Kudirka, an artist fascinated by the shapes and edges of things.
You know when you find something in your pocket that you picked up then forgot about? Familiar but unknown, a wee treasure, your fingers feel around its surfaces, its edges. Not until you pull it out of your pocket and see it in your hand do you know what it is. In my art I explore the shapes and edges of stuff, kind of like that.
“work that is beautiful, layered and thoughtful” – Jan Patience, art writer
Currently my work centres upon shell-like shapes and bowl:boat motifs; informed by and wrapped up in ideas of belonging, distance or closeness, and crossing oceans.
My paintings have incised, scraped, oft-obliterated, deeply-textured surfaces. I paint in oils on fine linen and over recycled Polaroids / other instant film exposures. My practice is distinctively low-tech – I pull things apart and build them up again iteratively. There are always many layers to what I make, it can take a while.
High-level experience in creative consultancy, working with Arup engineers, architects and designers on global projects from new buildings to public realm art, and am proud of founding The Penguin Pool events worldwide.
Born and educated in England and Kenya, I am now based in Scotland. Images by me are in corporate, public and private collections internationally. Do please get in touch if you’d like to have my work on your walls; seek my input on a project; discuss a show or commission; or just to say hello.
Public Realm Art Consultancy with/for architects, developers, private clients
Visual Creativity training for building engineers, architects and designers
Founder of ‘The Penguin Pool’ ARUP events held in 15 cities worldwide
NB Until 2012 I was called Sarah K Davenport