Sarah Rossiter was born in 1984 in Ōtautahi, Aotearoa.
Sarah has recently returned to Pōneke, Aotearoa after being based in Birraranga (Melbourne), Australia since 2012. She began making wheel thrown ceramics under the tutorage of Valerie Restarick at her North Carlton studio in 2014 . Sarah went on to attend an artist residency in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2016 where she learnt to hand build ceramics under the guidance of local artisans. In 2017 she spent 6 months living and creating work in the desert of Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia.
Sarah is an Interdisciplinary artist working across the mediums of Painting, Installation, Textiles, Photography and Ceramics. As a practicing ceramicist, she’s motivated to make work that inquires into the functions and aesthetic qualities associated with domestic objects. She works predominantly in installation bringing together her myriad of practices and marrying them in a formal context.
Sarah’s installation work is a sprawling regurgitation of objects and artwork culled from her bedroom and studio and placed within a gallery context. Her installations supplant her trans-disciplinary practice as a major work that moves between states of becoming and decay, new beginnings and departure, and references the noisy, chaotic and energized nebula that characterizes her visual practice.
The irregular and disparate media she employs are realised through small back catalogues of drawings, photography, clay work, as well as found sculpture and assembled bricolage. These formal components, sitting comfortably in gallery context, are undercut and likened to the plethora of jumbled everyday-detritus she simultaneously presents as opus. The sweeping of everyday objects include seashells and empty beer cans, tokens of game-play, cogwheels, puddles of pigmented water, collections of toys, and dried flora.
In her work she aims to reveal a deeper glimpse into her everyday fascinations that would otherwise remain in clandestine. She works with nostalgia, re purposing, creation, transformation, loss and reimagining.