Sarah Kudirka


I have long been fascinated by the shapes and edges of things – objects, buildings and words. My focus in this series was on stuff to do with belonging(s): items we use every day, pass on or inherit hold meaning for us and forge links to culture and home. Based on drawings in sketchbooks while travelling and from TV news. They are not intended to be accurate portraits of objects but more like turning a thing over in your pocket to feel its familiar edges before pulling it out to see what it is.

I was moved by the idea that mundane objects in one’s pockets may become significant in a missing person’s identification. References include the UN Book of Belongings in Bosnia used to help reunite people in unmarked graves with their families, the Morecambe Bay cockle pickers tragedy, and the Beslan School siege.

Witness (Beslan Tryptich), 2005

Witness (Beslan) triptych

Belongings series 3, 4, 5, 2002, each 50 x 100 cm

Belongings series 3, 4, 5, 2002

Good, painting, 2008