‘Project 81’

Gallery Terracina Exeter 2006

‘Out of the Rectangle, Project 81’ addresses the issue of the rectangle. Sagman spent 81 days making one piece of work each day. Her work depends on ‘synchronicity’, whereby each piece is made relying on the right material being to hand at the appropriate moment and the artist being in the correct frame of mind. She is also ‘very affected by place in terms of materials and colours.’

Sagman’s paintings have a tremendous sense of movement, lightness and airiness. In her drawing, line and mark making are part of her vocabulary, and both feed into her paintings. She often leaves unprimed linen bare so that the viewer can ‘look through the space to the lightest area of the painting.’ Her work flows very freely, and she feels that it is important to ‘keep the eye moving and then give it somewhere to rest.’ Combinations of wood, canvas, hessian, paper, old drawings, or burnt text are manipulated in order to form a support on which to draw and paint. Some pieces of work lead on from earlier ones, and with others she ‘chooses a surface and starts disturbing it in order to make it interesting.’ The use of the word ‘disturbance’ signifies her constant aim to challenge what she is doing, both in terms of her own practice and within the context of current art practice. She is constantly pushing her work in new directions, questioning the world and the materials and objects within it. Influenced by Cubism and Russian Constructivism, Sagman’s work is defined by the concept of two-dimensionality. Pierced surfaces offering views to areas behind, single viewpoint sculptural forms, and the use of relief, allow her to challenge this notion.

 

Fiona Robinson

 

Artwork Sizes

1)-6) photos

7)30×20

8)80×40

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