Sarah Woodfine
 
 
Untitled (Branch) II  2015  pencil on roll of Saunders Waterford paper, steel and perspex  72 x 24 x 24 cm
photograph by Peter White
 
 
Curriculum vitae
Exhibitions at the gallery:

We can hardly imagine how much the angels love the truly chaste  2015, VOLTA NY  2015, Enclosure  2014, Glass Cat  2013, So That I may Come Back  2010, Riddle Me  2008, The Drawn Curtain  2006, Staged  2005, Transmogrifications  2005, Great Piece of Turf  2003, In Splendid Isolation  2002, Five Years  2000, Perfume  1998, Works on paper  1997.

 
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Woodfine explores imaginary worlds that border between the familiar and fantastical. There is a certain element of gothic darkness to her work. This is conjured up through the relationship between the precise and heavily drawn pencil process she employs combined with the subject matters depicted. Her drawing method employs a repetitive almost obsessive-compulsive process.

All her work centres on drawing. They often take the form of three-dimensional constructions in cases and glass domes. They also exist as two-dimensional drawings sometimes encased in liquid filled domes.

" Woodfine’s drawings, often contained within specifically constructed structures that act both as frames and as physical extensions of the drawing itself, operate as miniature worlds, self-contained systems through which a series of vignettes are staged for the viewer’s careful consideration" *1

Her subject is strongly influenced by half remembered memories from childhood. She employs a wide variety of visual imagery exploring themes surrounding darkness and magic. Scenes are always depicted at night time as if lit by moonlight.

"Woodfine’s drawings delve into the dark side of our collective unconscious, exploring dreamlike imagery that is rooted in childhood yet easily causes tremor among adults" *2

*1 text by Peter Suchin
*2 text by Eliza Williams in Contemporary.

SELECTED WORKS
 
When all the birds are in the sky
2015  pencil on paper and steel  dimensions variable
photograph by Peter White
 
 
Untitled (Branch) I
2015  pencil on roll of Saunders Waterford paper, steel and perspex  72 x 24 x 24 cm
photograph by Peter White
 
 
 
Untitled (Branch) III
2015  pencil on roll of Saunders Waterford paper, steel and perspex  72 x 24 x 24 cm
photograph by Peter White
 
 
Untitled (Branch) IV
2015  pencil on roll of Saunders Waterford paper, steel and perspex  72 x 24 x 24 cm
photograph by Peter White
 
 
 
Stem
2015  pencil on roll of Saunders Waterford paper, steel and perspex  90 x 49 x 49 cm
photograph by Peter White
 
 
 
Forever and ever
2015  pencil on paper and aluminium  32 cm diameter
photograph by Peter White
 
 
 
We can hardly imagine how much the angels love the truly chaste
2015  pencil on paper, canford card, found object  16 x 12 x 12 cm
photograph by Peter White
 
 
How to grow an apple tree
2014  plant stand, plant pot, pencil on Saunders Waterford paper  150 x 32 x 32 cm
 
 
 
I would do anything for love
2013  steel axe head, pencil on paper, MDF  85 x 48 x 48 cm
 
Recipe for a kiss of shame
2012  pencil on paper, MDF  120 x 220 x 40 cm

 
 
Darling Trust Me It's For The Best
2010  pencil on paper, MDF, Formica, enamel paint, hammer head
 
 
Crypt
2010  pencil on paper  30 x 21 x 21 cm