“London is my home and my muse” – conversation with Sarah Fosse
If you live, work or simply visit London, you can’t escape The Shard. Since it was built in 2013 it has literally grown on me with its 306 metres. It has become a very familiar sight, but I have never seen it before the way London-based artist Sarah Fosse does. In a couple of her amazing paintings The Shard of Glass is portrayed as curvy lines. These paintings are part of Sarah’s ‘wobbly series’ depicting some of London’s famous landmarks and iconic views in a beautiful and unique way. It may have just been raining, but the puddles in front of The Gherkin and St Andrew Undershaft burst with an incredible palette of vibrant colours and so does the Thames as it comes alive with the reflections of Canary Wharf or St Paul’s Cathedral.
It is in Canary Wharf in The East End that Sarah and I meet in a lovely Italian restaurant. My very first question is about her unique style that I find so fascinating, with its lines and colours. “I used to paint in a more realistic style. I even did portraits once.” Sarah admits openly. “Since I moved here, I’ve spent so much time walking past these tall buildings of glass and steel and being captivated by their distorted wobbly reflections on the river. I loved the reflections and started painting them. Then I thought I could take it further by abstracting the actual buildings themselves using simplified curving lines. I love focusing on pure form, vibrant colour and light, but to be honest a lot simply happened through play and experimentation. It is indeed a bit of a childlike approach. I’ve always been inspired by Fauvism and especially by Derain and Matisse. Like them I’m obsessed with colour, its energy, strength, its potential. This ‘wobbly style’ has simply evolved. By the way, someone has called it ‘deconstructed divisionism’. ” She adds with a lovely smile.