ABOUT SARAH YOUSEMAN
Currently lives and works in, Kent
Sarah Youseman works in a variety of media producing colourful, detailed paintings of abstract
appearance referencing images produced by digital malfunction.
My ideas are expressed through the interplay between digital and traditional material using the
existing technology of film and tactile handling qualities of paint to produce my work. The
transmission of digital images through television, hand-held devices and internet is open to corruption.
Corruption by noise, weather conditions, human interference through software or malicious intent
brings into question what are we actually looking at when we see information on a screen?
My paintings use the mediated, corrupted image as a springboard for translation into paint. This brings into my practice exploration into materiality and process and what constitutes an authentic experience when looking at art. It is turning away from the perceived technological sublime that digital technology is of great excellence and beauty to question this by drawing attention to glitches in transmission and disrupted life events. The process of producing a painting inspired by coding or electrical malfunction is holding a mirror to the more usual timeline of starting with a handmade work and ending with a digital reproduction.
The process of electronic distortion interacts with the source imagery as a form of relational narrative
which is extended by my own contribution, inviting the viewer to reflect on the effect of their own
experiences and the world around them.
Level 3 student Open College of the Arts
Artist Magazine Award
Art in Gravesham Award
2006 The Big Picture Community Participation
2006 - 2017 Southfleet Arts Festival
2017 - 2018 Peter Blake Gallery Selection Panel, Dartford
1999 - 2007 Talking Paint, Gravesend
2000 - 4 Three Counties, Chartwell, Kent
2001 - 7 South East Open Studios,
2002 Petts Wood Gallery, Kent solo
2003 - 7 Francis Iles Gallery, Rochester, Kent
2005, 2007 Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley, Kent solo
2017 Studio 6, St Andrew’s Arts’ Centre, Gravesend
2018 Pie Factory Margate, Margate, Kent collaboration with Jeremy Scott
2018 WWI commemoration installations, Southfleet
2018 August - Francis Iles Galleries, Rochester, Kent
2018 October - SHOWCASE, Oxo Gallery, London South Bank
Works held in private collections in Britain, Europe and US.