Making art to capture unique moments of humanity, emotion, courage and hope, visual artist Sarah Rattle’s figurative works often feature portraiture. Collaboration is central to Sarah’s work with groups, developing playful, considered and inclusive projects with participants and other artists within health and social care settings. She hopes that people can identify with the work she creates, both on her own and in collaboration, from those moments which need bravery, to the moments where joy is bursting from within us.
Working Artist Studios, Ballydehob will hold a solo exhibition of Sarah’s most recent work opening on January 19 at 5pm. ‘This is for you’ exhibition includes series’ entitled ‘Limitless Compassion’, ‘See Me’ and ‘The Unspoken’. Sarah took 2023 to create a collection of new work, which has been on her heart to make for a while. With a background in textiles, Sarah has always found herself exploring ways of integrating illustration into her work, finding ways of storytelling in the work she creates. She has a new love in drawing portraits and characters, representing people who have inspired her.
‘This is for you. When division feels more real than unity. When those who see you, see you. As we see our differences as a strength to celebrate’ is an excerpt taken from part of this work.
Tyrone born, Sarah has made her home in West Cork having moved here nearly 20 years ago. Passionate about making art made from the heart, these artworks are intimate and compelling. She loves to work in layers, creating aesthetically beautiful detail and depth. Her passion for photography, composition, pattern and texture can be seen in her work. She also loves beautiful and clever design, traditional craftsmanship and well-executed art.
Working Artist Studios is a much-loved independent gallery and arts epicentre in Ballydehob. Run by artists for artists and art lovers, it combines studios, gallery spaces, a print room, a sculpture studio and Tailors’ Hall – multi-purpose project space. Open Tuesday- Saturday, 11am – 4pm. www.workingartiststudios.com
‘This is for you’ Solo exhibition by Sarah Ruttle. Friday January 19 – February 17, 2024. Working Artist Studios, Ballydehob.