Sarah Elson

The work of Sarah Elson examines the nature of preciousness and the preciousness of nature. Transience, ephemerality, sensuality and reciprocity are key words in her practice - as are an understanding of community, relationships and the entanglement of life.

Lament of the Labellum – Anaphora 5, 2017, recycled silver, gold and silver wire, 20 x 4 x 3cm
Lament of the Labellum – Anaphora 5, 2017, recycled silver, gold and silver wire, 20 x 4 x 3cm | Sarah Elson

Sarah Elson was born in South Australia, but has spent most of her life in Western Australia. Following a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, she has pursued an interest in traditional metalsmithing and its use in contemporary visual arts practice since the 1990s. In 2001 she received a Samstag Scholarship and in 2003 awarded a Master of Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design.

Sarah’s work examines the nature of preciousness and the preciousness of nature. Transience, ephemerality, sensuality and reciprocity are key words in Sarah’s practice - so too an understanding of community, relationships and the entanglement of life. The act of making for Sarah is a meditation on growth; realised through the fluid potential of a medium often perceived as static. The sensuality in her work, of material and subject matter, draws out a philosophical attitude to being.

Sarah's work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Curtin University Art Collection, Edith Cowan University and the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. She is a current sessional academic at Curtin University.