Sarah Francis

I am fascinated by the duality of identity. My art gathers and relocates particular events that were once lost, forgotten or left behind. I explore dyslexia, ADHD and queer identity in relation to my creative output and creative self. I build my own language and worlds to explore and understand 'how I made me'.

Land Shapes, 2020

Wood, paint and plastic, 43cm x 43cm

Composition made of wood pieces

Image description: A layered, framed composition. The main element is a square of light wood with the bottom two thirds painted grey. This is the background for a collage of roughly torn, thin sheets of wood placed horizontally across the lower section of the square. Above is a thick, straight, bright yellow stripe which is a strong contrast to the natural and muted colours of the rest of the picture. The stripe runs vertically from the top of the square, starting just to the right of the halfway point, then ends in the grey section, above the collage. This is mounted on a brown wooden board with a matching wooden frame.

2020, 2020

Acrylic on board, 40cm x 30cm

Painting over image of person

Image description: Paint has been spread firmly and roughly on the board. Just above and to the left of the centre there is an almost complete ring of fluorescent pink spray paint. It lies on top of a thick stripe of mainly dark blue paint that goes from the top to almost the bottom of the painting. There are flecks of green, white and yellow paint. A straight pink stripe runs along the entire right edge of the painting, with an uneven dark blue stripe next to it and to the left. Underneath is a painting of what could be a child or young person, with their hands clasped together in a prayer-like position. Much of this figure is obscured, their face and much of the body covered with paint.

Panel 2, 2020

Paint and wood, 30cm x 30cm

Two pieces of wood on yellow background

Image description: Two irregular wood shapes against a bright yellow painted square. They are in the centre, side by side, with lots of space around them and a smaller space between them. It appears that they might fit neatly together – the shape of their nearest sides match, like jigsaw pieces. Their edges are smooth, curved, coming to points in places. However, they look different. The smaller piece on the left is bare wood. The other piece is larger, has been painted or stained and has a white curved section attached at the bottom.