Sarah Gillespie is a Paris trained (at the Atelier Neo-Medici under Patrick Betaudier) and west country based artist who draws heavily on countryside influences to create her remarkable ink and charcoal drawings and dry-point engravings. I came across her work recently at the Beaux Arts Gallery in Bath – which is currently hosting an exhibition of her work, alongside her sister Anna’s sculptures – and was completely mesmorised by her ink and charcoal drawings, so intricate and fine that I first mistook them for black and white photography.
Her latest works have been aptly described as “works of shadow and dust” creating “a world of dancing atoms and temporal fragility, of moths, blossom, hares and birds, whose cycles of life and death so often remain invisible to human eyes, hidden within the enormity of the landscape or the dark of night.”
From beautiful snow clad landscapes (Oaks and Light Snow) and sparkling waterways (such as Tuckenhay Creek pictured above) to closely observed nests, moths, and falling bees, her works clearly bypass the clawings of sentimentality, and shift into something closer to sublimity. Start Point from Slapton Sands illustrates this beautifully:
As does Creek – Charcoal and Sepia Ink on paper:
It isn’t difficult to understand why people have been choosing to spend their entire lunch breaks at the Beaux Arts Gallery over the past month, where they can be transported into another world by the Gillespie sister’s work.
All pictures copyright Sarah Gillespie. Words by Anna Rice.