Sarah Cleary’s current work is a response to the poetry of Ted Hughes, in particular, Tales from Ovid. It is also an exploration of the destructive and creative nature of etching, and the parallels between this process and her existence as an artist, woman and mother.
“I use traditional etching techniques which, to me, are ritualistic and sensory experiences. They are time consuming and open to chance occurrences. Working the plate in this way I build a relationship and responsive dialogue with the image, which, in time, becomes its own entity. Similarly, the materials I use are traditional and handmade, chosen for their tactile and visual qualities.”