This series of work is inspired by a daily commute by train from Preston to Manchester and the quality of long Summer evening light. The images explore the idea of aura in painting, not only the experience of being in the presence of a painting (rather than seeing a digital version) but also in the traditional sense of light and quiet luminosity. They were painted from an aerial view which heightens the sense of reflection and feeling 'held' by the space of nature and the time given over to a train journey.
Sarah Grant's work explores the potential for painting to hold psychological space, by drawing on objects of memory or charged association. The gestures are fleeting moments, cropped details from polaroid photographs or found imagery which convey a sense of temporality. She is fascinated by questions of perception and reality, informed by her meditation practice over 20 years and her work as an Art Therapist.
She was born in Leeds in 1977 and studied Painting at Glasgow School of Art in 2000. Since then she has exhibited regularly as a member of Glasgow Independent Studios, Trongate 103 Arts Centre. Sarah Grant's paintings are often small in scale and she creates work in series which form part of a bigger narrative.