“Sarah Bush’s Artistic Process: A Short Documentary”
As an artist, I like to explore ideas by developing different bodies of work using a variety of media. Because of that, one body of work often looks very different from another.
That said, there are strong, consistent underlying themes and threads of interest that tie all my work together:
- My lifelong interest in repetition, pattern, texture, and stitching informs all my work.
- My passion for the written word gets expressed either visibly through using text and language directly in my work, or it inspires the work content-wise. Many pieces reflect my interest in particular poems, for instance.
- My interest in time and memory–and how to express that visually–permeates much of my work. albeit in different ways.
- I’m also obsessed with the tension between fragility and resilience, strength and weakness, timelessness and decay and this exploration shows up consistently in my mark making and subject matter choices.
I’m also inspired by the bold totemism and symbolic focus of tribal and folk art and by the flat, filled picture plane of medieval art. I believe these artistic traditions express a focus on the elemental aspects of existence and use art as a vehicle to make sense or make magic–something I strive for in my own work.
On a more prosaic level, I also really like objects. I was a designer of home and personal accessories for many years and designed many an object in my career, which I’ve always found pleasurable. I notice there’s a sneaky object-ness to much of my fine artwork as well that is unintentional but clearly there–even my pieces meant for the wall kind of feel like objects. I think of this as my way of turning all my work into personal totems.