Sarah Vaci Devon, United Kingdom
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I am a contemporary artist based in Devon and London. I work predominantly with wool to create 2D and 3D pieces centering around issues of power and mental health. I currently have two collections, Body and Mind featuring visceral sculptural pieces, and The Power and The Glory which predominantly includes wool portraits of dominant public figures.

I am a practicing contemporary artist based in Devon and London. My pieces are often standalone artworks relating to mental health, gender, politics and power. I am currently working towards a solo exhibition on political power and the patriarchy, which will include a dynamic triptych of Trump, Putin and Kim Jong-un using wool portraiture to subvert iconic masculinity through the soft, feminine, organic nature of fibre. The portraits will form part of a time-based installation as they will be eaten by wool moth larvae, thereby disintegrate through the collective power of these tiny insects. Studying Time Based Media at the Kent Institute of Art and Design 1996-99, led to an exploration of the human condition and the power dynamics of sado-masochism and eroticism through video installations and animation. The themes and story-telling techniques developed during this time are prevalent in the work that I continue to produce today. My early career working in prisons, hospitals and with children with autism led to an interest in biology and the mind and this passion has influenced my successive work. ‚Äč Complimenting an MA in Cross-sectoral and Community Arts from Goldsmiths College, I taught animation at the British Museum, alongside my time-based work video and animations surrounding taboo and the body. The experiences gathered during this time enabled me to reflect in new ways on her practise, embracing the unexpected. I discovered the fibre art technique of needle-felting 5 years ago and have been creating pieces whereby the medium is integral to my creative expression. This has led to my two collections on the body and power.

Artwork

Who Rules the Roost?, Wool, 2017, 960

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Origin of the Species?, Wool and paint, 2017, 1438

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#Eyecreate100, Wool, 2017, 2000

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I'm Just a Little Tired, Wool and silicone, 2018

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Reach, Wool and textile hardener on canvas, 2017, 675

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Kim (work in progress), Wool, 2018

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Previous projects

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Summer Open

08/07/2018 to 27/07/2018

Artizan Gallery, Torquay Details

Winter Open

01/12/2017 to 30/12/2017

Who Rules the Roost and Origins were included as part of the Winter Open.

Artizan Gallery, Torquay Details

Incognito

23/02/2017 to 28/02/2018

An extremely well attended private view and a very high standard of art. The venue (the Biscuit Factory) is a little off the beaten track however an excellent hub of businesses and well located in central London.

Art Number 23, London Details

Devon Open Studios

06/09/2017 to 30/09/2017

Sarah Vaci Studio, Totnes Details
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