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Sarah Saunders BDes '89

My work explores personal and domestic artifacts. Using forms and imagery that seem familiar yet are able to excite a sense of curiosity, I combine found objects with clay forms and processes.

Much of my work involves intimacy of subject and scale, and invites reflection on themes of vulnerability, endurance, and memory. In recent work, textile objects are converted to porcelain replicas. The original textile burns out leaving a clay shell. The final porcelain pieces act as relics of an existence; that of the original textile and indirectly its maker or a missing user. The process, as well as the result, speaks of memory and loss. In other work, I combine images of body organs with the decorative language of domestic objects to create artifacts of cultural and personal history. As a whole my artistic investigation aims to highlight issues of presence, absence and the ephemerality of our personal history and memories.


, 2008. Porcelain, 8 x 18 x 18 cm.

Bonnet, 2008. Porcelain, 12 x 23 x 12 cm.

Dress, 2008. Porcelain, 36 x 24 x 16 cm.