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Artist Statement

Sadie Phew is a mixed media visual artist working on canvas and site-specific artwork to include murals and digital installation. She is fascinated by nature, psychology and the human body and mind's ability to heal and overcome adversity.

 

Phew is based in Bristol, UK, she studied Life Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and is a self-taught artist. Her artistic style is free and spontaneous, with an intensely bright colour palette. Her work has progressed from street art inspired fine art, environmentally focussed art installations and interactive festival performance, to the more personal, unapologetic and bold. It deals with concerns around mental health and trauma recovery, with recurring themes of geometric shapes, abstract expressionist paint splatters and vivid colours, she uses materials such as collaged magazines, emulsion, oil pastels, acrylic, inks, spray paint and posca pens.

 

She is transformed each time she makes art, delighting in taking up space. On the edge of her comfort zone, her art exposes darker emotions with a playful authenticity under layering text that is partially obscured with confusion and busyness.

 

One of her earliest childhood memories of drawing on the bathroom wall seems poignant and she sees her art-practice as a process of reconnecting with that childhood joy, gently and curiously.

 

With a practice rapidly evolving in a multi-disciplinary direction, she is excited about further exploring her love of nature through emerging mediums; film, sound, animation and poetry, combined with her visual art-practice and reverence for large scale public artworks.