Sarah Maple

(ENG) Sarah Maple was born in 1985. She completed a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2007, and now lives in her native Sussex. In the same year she also won the 'New Sensations' competition for emerging artists, run by Charles Saatchi and Channel 4. Sarah's work has been featured as the cover and content of US art/fashion magazine Swindle, and Nylon magazine. She has also worked with Dazed and Confused and Dolce and Gabbana on her film and performance works. In 2010 she curated an art ...read more
2017 Feb 1 - Feb 18
Power to the people?
2015 Mar 14 - Apr 18
I Disagree With What You Say
2011 Sep 17 - Oct 15
Fighting Fire With Fire 2011
2011 Mar 15 - Mar 18
Women Inc show
(ENG)
Sarah Maple was born in 1985. She completed a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2007, and now lives in her native Sussex. In the same year she also won the 'New Sensations' competition for emerging artists, run by Charles Saatchi and Channel 4. Sarah's work has been featured as the cover and content of US art/fashion magazine Swindle, and Nylon magazine. She has also worked with Dazed and Confused and Dolce and Gabbana on her film and performance works. In 2010 she curated an art auction for 'Feminism in London' with contributors such as Julian Opie, Julie Verhoeven, Gerald Laing, Stuart Semple, Susie Orbach and Kate Nash. Sarah's artwork, films and performances have been displayed on the London Tube and been exhibited in New York, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Italy and throughout Britain.

Much of Maple's inspiration originates from being brought up as a Muslim, with parents of mixed religious and cultural backgrounds. Blurring the lines between popular culture and religious devotion in an unfailingly mischievous manner, Sarah's aesthetic narrative urges the viewer to challenge traditional notions of religion, identity and the societal role of women.

Maple's work often takes on fabricated scenes and situations. She is affected by the art world, as well as from her general surroundings; including friends, family, television and popular culture. She is also greatly moved by music, comedy and literature. She believes these influences are truly woven into her art and provide the platform upon which her work is realised.

Maple states that the aim of her work is 'to give my audience food for thought. I believe comedy is a great tool to achieve this, which is why I choose to portray my conceptual ideas through a light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek approach'.

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Sarah Maple (1985, Sussex) studeerde in 2007 af aan de Kingston Universiteit in Londen. Ze won de New Sensations Prize, een prijs van Charles Saatchi & Channel 4 voor meest getalenteerde nieuwe kunstenaars. Haar werk stond o.a. op de covers van Swindle en Nylon magazine. In 2010 cureerde ze de kunstveiling Feminism in London met o.a. Julian Opie, Stuart Semple en Kate Nash. Posters met haar werk waren te zien in de metro door heel Londen. Ze exposeerde in Groot-Brittannië, New York, Canjada, Duitsland, Italië, en nu ook in Nederland.

Maple is opgevoed als moslim, maar haar ouders hebben verschillende religieuze en culturele achtergronden. Veel van haar inspiratie komt hieruit voort. Een belangrijk thema in haar werk is de vraag wat het betekent om een goede moslima te zijn in de Westerse maatschappij. Met kwajongensachtige bravoure zoekt ze - en vervaagt ze - de grenzen tussen populaire cultuur en religieuze devotie.

Maple gelooft dat de feministische thema's van dertig jaar geleden nog steeds actueel zijn, maar benadert ze op geheel eigen wijze; niet vies van enige controverse, met een glimlach en tegelijk bloedserieus. Door haar eigenwijze stijl dwingt ze de kijker om de traditionele begrippen van religie, identiteit en de sociale rol van de vrouw opnieuw onder ogen te zien. 'Ik geloof dat humor een uitstekend middel is om dit te bereiken en daarom kies ik ervoor mijn conceptuele ideeën luchtig en met een knipoog te presenteren.'

'Food for thought', dat is wat Maple haar kijker wil bieden. 'We want to move forward, and I want to, you know, do it for the girls.'