In Sara Lee’s ‘Beckoning Lines’ the expanse of the landscape has no bearing to assess distance, one is pulled into the nuance of surface.
These intense pastel drawings are made in the studio where, from within each image, the act of making is like walking a cloister. The momentum is stabled by the movement of navigating the paper’s surface, retracing the layers, moving into and out of the light, informed by the structure and pace of thoughts.
Sara Lee’s images are a response to the ephemeral nature of landscape and our profound relationship with it. The expanse of the landscape has no bearing to assess distance. Each is a desert of infinity where one is pulled into the nuance of surface.
Lee predominantly works with drawing and print, including pastel and woodblock in the ukiyo-e tradition. Her practice involves working from site-specific landscapes, followed by extended studio- based work.
Selected Collections UK; Victoria and Albert Museum, London: Golder-Thompson Collection;Swindon Museum and Gallery Collection; Otter Gallery, University of Chichester Collection; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, International: United Therapeutics Art Collection, USA; Tarma Univ. Collection, Tokyo, Japan.
Born in Wales in 1956, Sara Lee studied Fine Art at Ravensbourne and Print at Central School of Art. She lives and works in London.