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23 May - 20 June

Exhibition at Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire

Sara Lee 'Spectre' 2019

Sara Lee 'Spectre' 2018, pastel on paper, 53 x 66cm, unique 

Sara Lee Beckoning Lines

In Sara Lee's Beckoning Lines 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.

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.

They begin with walking and experiencing the landscape. The sense of a period of time has an empathy with the act of drawing, the tempo of the relationship between action and thought is similar. The Romantics brought walking to our attention as an aesthetic pursuit and this sensibility is imbued in Lee's practice. Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy traversed the Pennines in the nineteenth century, journeying through its sensual experience. At this time walking for the pleasure of being in the landscape was something of a new idea.

Walking allows us to be in our bodies, in the world, without being busy in them
Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust

Is Lee framing the landscape in pursuit of the picturesque? Or does she aspire to the more complex encapsulation of atmosphere? She builds subtle layers and in the holding of the sky between the viewer and the horizon, her landscapes strike beyond the romantic tradition. These images are stripped of their totems - buildings, trees and elements that give rise to the interpretation of scale.

Sara Lee walks and gathers. These are not journeys to be conquered and documented, they are space and time inhabited. The 'being in' the landscapes is a conduit of thought and experience. From this action the landscapes she creates are often universal; not specific of a particular vista. Later, the gathered building blocks - drawings, photographs, notes, poems, thoughts - are distilled to the concentrated frame of the image, where the line of the horizon is a tensile hair holding the DNA of place.

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Exhibition Open

(Thu – Sun)  May 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 
(Thu – Sun)  May 30 / 31, June 1 / 2
10.30 – 5pm
And other times by appointment

Private View Event Saturday 25 May

Sara Lee
Sara Lee in her studio
Sara Lee

Rooted in a landscape tradition, Sara Lee’s images are a response to the ephemeral nature of terrain; a gentle and evocative connection between what is known and what is imagined or remembered. New works include original works on paper and ukiyo-e method Japanese prints and large relief prints. Sara Lee studied Printmaking at Central School of Art. London.

Selected Exhibitions – Rabley Gallery: London Original Print Fair; INK Miami, Photo Ireland, Dublin; Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions. Residences - UK: Rabley Drawing Centre; The Peninsula Project, Stoneman Gallery, Cornwall; Brisons Veor - Cornwall; Alayrac, France. Selected Collections Golder-Thompson Collection; Swindon Museum and Gallery Collection; Otter Gallery, Univ. of Chichester Collection, UK, Tarma Univ. Collection, Tokyo.

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