Sarah Lederman explains her practice as ‘an exploration into self, fantasies and desires.’ Her influences come primarily from childhood fantasies and the loss of innocence. Sarah Lederman holds a preoccupation with the dichotomy between our fantasies and our real desires. She touches on these ideas through making film and performance but her paintings are where these explorations are truly realised.
Sarah Lederman uses paint to conjure the illusion of skin and, with this, containment in the body. She is interested in allowing the repulsive to become beautiful and the containable uncontained through her paintings.
Sarah Lederman’s deep exploration into self, fantasies and desires are also inspired by her teenage years, which strongly evoke memories for her of the understanding of self in skin and the desire to be something the body won’t allow itself to be. She seeks to push ideas of containment of both the body and soul and within this the sense of awkwardness this theme can provoke.
Sarah Lederman graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art, London in 2008. She has since been involved in showing her work in solo and group exhibitions in London and New York. She has showcased her work alongside Tracey Emin and has won various awards including the Catlin Art Prize (2009) and the Sovereign European Art Prize (2010).
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