Sarah Dixon Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Sarah Dixon is a socially-engaged conceptual artist using a broad range of platforms and media to create participatory works. She has a particular interest in rituals - how we use them in institutional and everyday settings, and how we can playfully reconstruct them to serve us. She is a founder of The Women's Art Activation System (WAAS).
My practice explores a wide range of contemporary and traditional materials and methods, from letterpress printing to icon painting. Through these diverse media I seek to appropriate, investigate, and unpack accepted norms, rituals and symbols from cultural locations including business, bureaucracy, shamanism, religion, social media, and crafts.
Referencing evolution, in which accumulations of small amounts of work add up to a greater whole, these are often collaborative and participatory works. Feminism, motherhood, humanity’s relationship with nature, and how power is enforced through symbolism and ritual, are key areas of interest. Words-as-art and wordplay are also an ongoing aspect of the practice and performance is beginning to feature.