Sarah Gamble's work focuses on collage and assemblage using printed ephemera and objects which she sources, categorises and arranges. She is interested in the worn and torn, the imperfections and irregularities that are an integral part of these forms.
Read more below from our latest interview with Sarah:
1. How and when did you want to be a maker and how did you start to realise that aim.
“I was always making, or thinking about making, from childhood right through art college (oddly it was often objects in boxes). Teaching then claimed me for 30 years, but my interest remained. Seeing students create and make actually helped me maintain my passion”.
2. Who did you learn from, who inspires you?
“I am inspired and driven by visiting exhibitions and researching connections between artists. I have always collected old children’s toys and books”.
3. What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why?
“I am an addict of car boot sales and charity shops. Contemporary artists such as Annette Messager, Mari Mahr, Peter Blake, & Joe Tilson continue to inspire me. My themes often revolve around past pieces of technology ”.
4. What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques ? Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?
“My mediums are collage and assemblage. I use pieces from old children’s games, book covers, vintage magazines and printed ephemera. I enjoy contrasting frayed, used objects with the minimalism of negative space. My design roots keep me finely tuned to the balance and aesthetics of composition and colour”.
5. How has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?
“My work changes every day. Sometimes it flows, sometimes it’s like set concrete. Keeping up with the ideas you might produce is the hardest part. To me, the design is paramount”.
6. Which book would you recommend as inspiration?
“Collage, Assemblage & The found Object’ by Diane Waldman”.