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Absence and Presence: in Search of Memory and the Imago

Sarah Walmsley
Sarah Walmsley | Searching II | Bronze three quarter view

Sarah Walmsley has just completed her Master’s in Fine Art Sculpture at Nelson Mandela University, and in April 2018 will be bringing her Master’s exhibition to StateoftheART Gallery in Cape Town.
     Walmsley’s work offers a new approach to the sculptural female nude. Her emotive sculptures gracefully bear the weight of their experience as they silently communicate with each other and the viewer. Her preferred subject matter of the female body, often explores self-portraits as her primary reference point is her body. She creates her explorative figurative sculptures in the mediums of bronze, kiln-formed glass and resin.
     Through the body language and essence of her sculptures combined with the mediums in which they are created, she aims to visually portray absence and presence using the body as an allegory. This is set within a narrative of personal memory.
     Walmsley believes that the body is a uniting factor for all of us and individually, our bodies contribute to the ways in which we understand the world. Her work also addresses the ways in which the naked female body has been voyeuristically represented in art and aims to reclaim the female nude, through representations of ‘naked nudes’ by a female artist.
     5 – 21 April 2018 at StateoftheART Gallery, 50 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.
     Opening 5 April 2018 18:00 – 20:00
     Contact: Jennifer on 061 129 1899 or email
     The exhibition will run concurrently online at for those unable to attend.

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