Sarah Jane Colleran is an Irish artist from Bray. She has studied art formally since 2015 and her practice includes sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, painting and photography. She is particularly interested in human interactions with the natural world and the experience of being part of nature. Clay is central to her practice, because as a medium it is essentially matter compressed over centuries. Working with clay is slow and meditative, merging deep time with slow art. She has participated in group shows such as New Translations (IADT student exhibition at IMMA, 2019), Tuntemattomat/Stranger, Helsinki (2021) and Propositions (IADT Campus, 2022).
My project involves the expanded use of ceramic materials and processes. I create clay figures that reference female fertility idols, traditional connections with the land/earth, and ideas of the sacred feminine. The figures sometimes incorporate surface decoration, created using underglaze and image transfers, that references parts of flowers. I am interested in the possibility that my figures might each have a background story. These narratives might relate to the story of being a woman and experiencing life through a woman’s body. My work is also a means of dealing with issues of grief, loss and mortality. Some of the figures have a kind of dreamlike/ nightmarish quality. They are both a part of nature, and at war with it. Some incorporate elements of fungus, suggesting an organic connection to the earth and the possibility that they might returning to nature, decaying into the ground.