We look forward to welcoming you back to undo the knot, a solo presentation of new work by artist Sara Barker.
Barker’s work blurs the lines between sculpture, painting and drawing, as well as between figuration and abstraction and between imagined and physical spaces. Not quite sculptures and not quite paintings, they typically explore the boundaries between those disciplines.
Barker's recent work has been large-scale and has involved working within angular, indented aluminium trays or ‘trenches’ as containers for painted and sculptural elements. For CAMPLE LINE, Barker has made a body of smaller-scale work , comprising a series of wall-based reliefs that incorporate painted and molded brazed brass, steel and aluminium as well as everyday materials such as wood, cardboard and wire. Largely created during the first national lockdown, and in her home rather than her studio, the eighteen works included in the exhibition mark a reduction in scale for Barker, all of them ‘smaller than my screen, some as small as my books’.
This exhibition also features a number of exploratory works, and of her decision to include them Barker has said: ’It didn’t feel right to remove all of the rawness, the first draft, not in this setting, not at this time. I wanted some of that rough execution, of metal meets glass, meets wood and wool and wire’.
Barker has drawn upon the rural location of Cample for these new works as well as from the fiction and poetry that she reads, providing fragmented glimpses of narrative within the works. In Barker’s work, the fusion of industrial processes and materials with image, narrative and memory are particularly resonant in the context of Cample.