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ARTIST OF THE MONTH | Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey is an artist based in Byron Bay who works predominately in the printmaking medium. She began her exploration into printmaking techniques in 2003 after attending a course in etching at Central St Martins College in London. In 2007 she was presented the Fusion Commendation Award for outstanding work in printmaking mediums and in 2008 attained her Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Queensland College of Art, Brisbane. Since that time her work has been exhibited nationally and Internationally in Hong Kong and the UK. Sarah spent an idyllic childhood chasing butterflies, damming creeks and eluding swooping magpies. These moments have left a lasting impression on the artist, whose work is inspired by our attachment to memories and the sense of forgotten joy, mystery and nostalgia they evoke. She constantly finds inspiration in her memories and imagination, books, illustrations and everyday events.

Sarah is featured in our upcoming exhibition The Magic Faraway Tree...

View her profile here

The person who has most influenced my art is….
My partner, who encouraged me from day one to pursue the dream of working in a creative field.

My favourite artist is …
Paul Klee, hands down, he can do amazing things with a just a simple line.

I’m inspired to start a new work when….
I just sit and watch the confidence and pure imagination of my 3 year old son drawing.

I am at my most creative/productive when…

I am covered in ink and surrounded by printing presses.

I am currently reading….

‘Everything is Illuminated’ by Jonathan Safran Foer and anything I can get my hands on by Haruki Murakami.

The book that changed my life is…

‘Watership Down’ by Richard Adams was beautiful, haunting and sad.

My favourite film of all time is…
‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ – there are some truly classic lines in that film.

It makes me smile when…
When my partner does some crazy dancing in our living room.

My three most valued possessions are…
Artworks collected from friends, photographs of my travels and my collection of Paul Klee books.

The three things in life I could never give up are…
A good cup of tea, swimming out past the breakers, my childhood memories. If I was stranded on a desert island I would want…
Great books, a snorkel and flippers.

If I could travel anywhere back and forth in time, I would go…
To Paris and watch Alexander Calder perform his circus act.

If I was elected Prime Minister of Australia the first thing I would do is…
Change the way we treat the Indigenous people of our country.

The achievement I am most proud of is…

Finally finishing my fine art degree!! (I had my son half way through the degree).. I wish I had listened when my parents told me…
Cocoa doesn’t taste like drinking chocolate (It took me hours to remove the dry cocoa from my throat!)

I hope my art...
Will always be a constant part of my life…and continue to evolve.
If I wasn’t an artist I would like to be….

A fashion designer or a horticulturalist, most anything that is creative and uses my hands.

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