Sarah Jane Ross CertHE BA (Hons)
Lives and works in Bridport, West Dorset.
Inspired by the local environment of land and sea, materials, textures and form. Working in a variety of mediums, including the natural (driftwood) and the industrial (concrete), with punky narratives and delicate outcomes.
Time spent in the workshop at Grasmere, Asker Gardens, involves experimenting and a “Wonder what will happen if I…” approach.
Studied with the University of the Creative Arts, the University of Exeter and The Art Institute, London.
“Canadian born (explains my love of the great outdoors!), I grew up in suburban Sussex and Berkshire – the Thames Valley’s industrial landscape shaped my early work. After years in West Dorset, my work has definitely softened with biomorphic and ‘blue mind’ influences.
I have what is nowadays called a ‘portfolio career’. An early roots background in publishing led to running my own consultancy business (PR, editorial and graphic design) at the age of 27.
During my time working on magazines I often needed to be self-reliant for photographs and images so I studied photography. Subsequently, I worked as a dog photographer (crazy, great fun!) also photographing events and the occasional wedding.
In terms of Visual Arts, I worked at South Hill Park Arts Centre’s Gallery and also ran an after-school arts and crafts.
Since moving to Bridport, as well as my own practice, I work as a community artist, delivering art sessions to 20 Care Homes and Day Centres across West Dorset. Encouraging others to explore their creativity is an incredibly rewarding and inspiring adventure.
Throughout all these roles I have worked on my own visual arts practice, influenced by my experiences in graphic design, photography and visual arts. I continue to do this through education, self-study and play!”
Key influences: Canadian Group of Seven and Tom Thomson; Tracey Emin, JMW Turner; Keith Haring; Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner; Alexander Calder. General art movements: Abstract Expressionism; Pop Art; Dada; Arts and Crafts movement; Bauhaus; Brutalism; Spiritualism.
‘Small Works’ exhibition at Artizan Gallery, Torquay, Devon. Two A4 ‘Enclosure Act’ landscapes (April/May 2021).
‘Restriction’ exhibition, small works (four tiny concrete fish) installed in printers’ drawers, at Clayhill Arts, Somerset, part of the Correspondence Collective (March/April 2021).
Bridport Sculpture Trail 2020 – 2021, ‘Sea Breeze Blocks’ installed as a piece of public art, along the Bridport Green Route (Gundry Pond, River Brit).
‘Natural Forms’ at The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, mixed media piece (‘Daydreamer’) displayed in the front window of exhibition (August 2020).
Black Swan Arts Open 2019, Frome, Somerset, ‘Catch 22’ kinectic sculpture with audio (17 October – 16 November 2019).
Bridport Open Studios: at Grasmere, Asker Gardens, Dorset (7 – 15 September 2019).
‘Turner Un-SEA-n’ at Bridport Arts Centre (August – October 2019)
Bridport Arts Centre – Bridport Art Society (July and August 2019).
‘The Museum of Objects that Don’t Stand Still’ participatory exhibition at Tate Modern, London (May 2019).
The Salt House, West Bay – Bridport Art Society (April 2019).
Bridport Arts Centre – Bridport Art Society (August 2018).
The Salt House, West Bay – Bridport Art Society (March 2018).
Brittany Ferries’ ship, Barfleur (Poole to Cherbourg crossing). One of 15 Dorset artists to be selected (from over 100) to have work displayed aboard the cross-channel ferry. An Arts Development Company initiative (January and February 2018).
Drimpton Village Hall: Beaminster School 6th Form Photography Exhibition. Delivered mixed media workshop in collaborative project (October 2017).
Bridport Open Studios: at Grasmere, Asker Gardens (September 2017).
Bridport Arts Centre: ‘Exploring Bridport’s Art Studios’ part of Bridport Open Studios, (August – September 2017).
Bridport Arts Centre – Bridport Art Society (August 2017).
The Salt House, West Bay – Bridport Art Society (March 2017).
‘The Creative Mind’ Exhibition, Bridport (February 2017).
Exhibited in Crowthorne and Sandhurst, Berkshire (2012 – 2013).
Outside: Inside (Reading, Berkshire), “Grandad’s Shop” a large scale installation in an empty shop in the town centre of Reading, 2011.