R-Space Gallery

Drawing Moves to Making

15th March - 12th April 2014

R-Space Gallery, Lisburn

www.rspacelisburn.com

Thank you  Andrea McWilliams and Robert Martin for your wonderful hospitality and the opportunity to show a collection of my jewellery, Body 30'57" - some of the drawings from my recent British Library residency, and Lying in Wait my collaborative film with artist Idris Khan. 

Andrea, Robert and Sarah in the gallery

Andrea, Robert and Sarah in the gallery

Body 30'57" Long roll, charcoal on lining paper

Body 30'57" Long roll, charcoal on lining paper

Body 30'57" charcoal on lining paper

Body 30'57" charcoal on lining paper

Jewellery, sketches, process material, photograph from Lying in Wait film installation

Jewellery, sketches, process material, photograph from Lying in Wait film installation

I'd like you share some writing by Olive Broderick. who came to my talk at the opening of the exhibition. She is a poet who is part of the Castle Ward Arts and Craft Collective based in a National Trust property on the shores of Strangford Lough, Co. Down. www.castlewardartsandcrafts.com.

I love that working processes can be passed on and developed to work for different makers working in different mediums. After the talk Olive distilled five impressions from the film Lying in Wait into single words of one syllable and wrote from them. Here's the result:

 

Mark-Making 

By Olive Broderick 2014

after the work of Sarah Warsop

Blank   Black   Book   Gap   Dance

 

Dreamer in a black dress:  moves among

the book stacks. They are tightly packed

and their blank spines make you seem

trapped within their barricades. You never

even look to ford the gap – Eve before

the apple - you carry your own core

material: staccato words which you draw

out to complete lines with your body.

Somehow it's the half-light greys that

mark the dance out from the darkness

 

 

Process material, sketches, silver brooch with rough emeralds work in process

Process material, sketches, silver brooch with rough emeralds work in process

After the talk - R-Space Gallery 15th March 2014

After the talk - R-Space Gallery 15th March 2014

British Library, Artquest film

The British Library, Artquest first jeweller in residence programme ran from September 2012 to March 2013

This short film charts Sarah's experiences on the residency, her approaches to engaging with the British Library, its collections and curators, and the impact that a research based residency has had on her practice. 

Film

The Life and Business of Being Creative

Inspiring coach, speaker and author Rasheed Ogunlaru has filmed an interview with Sarah about the business of creativity. Filmed at the British Library in the Business and IP Centre, Sarah and Rasheed discuss where dance and jewellery meet, the ups and downs of a creative life, and how having been Jeweller in Residence at the Library will affect Sarah's future work.

See the interview with Sarah here:

Part 1

Part 2

Sarah Warsop, Body 30' 57'', (detail), charcoal on paper, 2013. Part of a series made during a resisdency at the British Library

Sarah Warsop, Body 30' 57'', (detail), charcoal on paper, 2013.

Part of a series made during a resisdency at the British Library

Treatise score images and quotes

Cornelius Cardew (1936 - 1981)

Cornelius Cardew (1936 - 1981)

Treatise page 183

Treatise page 183

Treatise score image

Treatise score image

Treatise score imag

Treatise score imag

"A Composer who hears sounds will try to find a notation for sounds. One who has ideas will find one that expresses his ideas, leaving their interpretation free, in confidence that his ideas have been accurately and concisely notated." 

- Cornelius Cardew

"The score must govern the music. It must have authority, and not merely be an arbitrary jumping-off point for improvisation."
- Cornelius Cardew, Treatise Handbook, p.iv col 2 pp. 2

"In the case of Treatise a line or dot is certainly an immediate orientation as much as the thread in the fog. "
- Cornelius Cardew, Treatise Handbook, p. iv col 1 pp. 1

British Library residency progress...

Working title: Body 30' 57"

After many hours in the British Library listening booths listening to all the different interpretations of Cornelius Cardew's Treatise I could find and sketching at the same time, I fell for a version using pages 53, 58, 168 and 169. With Oren Ambarchi on guitar and Keith Rowe on tabletop guitar and recorded live at Bimhuis, Amsterdam on February 8th 2009 by Ron Ruiten. It is a beautiful, quiet sound scape which lends itself perfectly to my task of physical and dynamic interpretation.

Having done the largest sketching experiments I could do in a sound booth without raising eyebrows, I ordered a copy of the LP from Germany and set about some much bigger mark making. Using lengths of paper on the floor some nearly five metres long, and with the sound on my headphones, the charcoal sketches took as long as the music lasted and used Cardew's idea of a centre line or life line running through his score as an anchor.   

Here are some details from my drawings.

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The British Library Blogs about their Jeweller in Residence one month in.


09 October 2012

New Collection. Photographs by Steve Speller.


Brooch. 18ct Gold. 2010
Sarah Warsop


Brooch. 18ct Gold. 2010.
Sarah Warsop


Brooch.18ct Gold. 2010.
Sarah Warsop


Pendant. 18ct Gold.2010.
Sarah Warsop


Earrings. 18ct Gold. 2010.
Sarah Warsop

Ring. 18ct Gold. 2010.
Sarah Warsop


Ring. 18ct Gold. 2010
Sarah Warsop


Ring. 18ct Gold. 2010
Sarah Warsop


Ring. 18ct Gold. 2010
Sarah Warsop

This collection was made possible with support of Arts Council England Lottery funding and Dancers Career Development. Thank you.

Thursday 11th November.

Last night was my last contribution to 'Is it madness. Is it beauty' by Clare Twomey at the Siobhan Davies Studios. Gill Clarke will take over until it finishes on Sunday at 6pm.

Look through the photos to go back in time to the beginning. Maybe someone will send me a picture of the last day to finish off the progression.

Two events happened last night:

After I'd been pouring water into vessels and mopping up the water as the vessels cracked and spilled their contents on the ground for about two hours, two women came into the room. They stood and watched and chatted, and sat and watched and chatted about monotony in general. About how my tasks were quite varied so maybe it wasn't so bad to be doing what I was doing... Then one woman started to relate to her friend the story of the dung beetle. How he gathered his ball of dung several times his own size and rolled it up a slope which took hours. As it reached the top he lost hold. The dung ball tumbled back to the bottom. The dung beetle collected his load and started up the slope...
They were in the room a long time, enjoying each others company, appreciating the piece, 'getting it'.


Later, when the room was completely empty, a man strode in. He looked around briefly and demanded that the invigilator tell him what it was all about. When he didn't get a reply that satisfied him, he turned to me as I mopped and asked "Why is it so wet in here?"
I continued mopping...

Is it madness. Is it beauty. Ongoing diary. Day one, 2nd november 2010


4pm. Getting ready for day one.



Clare and Gill


As the water spills from the collapsing bowls, Gill or myself mop the water. The mop and bucket work like a cloak of invisibility. People carry on personal conversations a table width away. Even though it is clear we are facilitating the work, we vanish into our task.




9pm. End of day one.