Sara Radstone: More Than Words
17 November 2017 – 10 June 2018
CoCA presents a moving retrospective exhibition of work by British artist Sara Radstone (born 1955). Through her work with ceramics, Sara explores a range of ideas concerned with memory, history, landscape, humanity, loss and absence.
Sara was born in London and studied at Herefordshire College of Art and at Camberwell School of Art, where Ian Auld was Head of Department and visiting lecturers included Gillian Lowndes and Ewen Henderson. She has exhibited and taught widely both here and abroad, and her work can be found in many UK and international public and private collections.
The exhibition follows the quiet progression of Sara’s life in ceramics, beginning with early works created as she sought to reinterpret the vessel form. Following her struggles and successes with the material, the exhibition tracks the evolution of Sara’s ideas as she moved from vessels to freestanding sculptures, wall-based multiples and installations.
Her journey has often been circuitous as she has revisited earlier ideas and sought to resolve or re-imagine earlier thoughts. Her work seeks to illustrate how thoughts, process and diverse sources give rise to ‘things’ and how they inhabit space. Sara has also created new work in response to the gallery space which is shown for the first time.