Sarah Long


Sarah Long is an artist and writer. Her practice is concerned with the relationship between language and the landscape and the politics of space. She is a BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate of Crawford College of Art & Design and completed her MLitt in Art Writing at Glasgow School of Art in 2022. 
Recent exhibitions include: Good Lighting, Intermedia Gallery, CCA Glasgow (group show, 2022) How To Resist A State of Forgetfulness, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin (solo, 2021), Window Texts, CCA Derry (group, 2021) Place Where A Thought Might Grow, Sternview Gallery, Cork (solo, 2020) and Kingdom, Studio 12, Backwater Artist Group, Cork (solo, 2019).

Artist Statement

My work is concerned with the idea of the landscape as a receptacle of human ideas – a place where nature and allegory are intrinsically intertwined. I explore these ideas through painting, drawing and installation (working across sculpture, moving-image and sound). The landscape acts as a framework for my practice, allowing the work to reflect on the influence of Irish history and literature on both our cultural memory and our current collective perspective of space. I am informed by an array of Irish poets, myths and stories that have inscribed the natural world.

Process is an important element of my practice. There is a strong indexical presence in my use of mediums. The play between the human mark and patterns found in nature is often accompanied by artificial materials such as glitter, stencils and spray paint. I am concerned with the landscape as a medium rather than a genre of art. Through delicate, subtle patterns of expression I investigate the landscape as a visual language in and of itself. I am interested in thinking afresh about the landscape. The work considers our understanding of ‘Romantic Ireland’ as a past moment that continues to inform our complex present relationship with the Irish landscape. My current research seeks to reclaim the Mother Éire figure, from cultural symbol to cultural maker.

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