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Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie

United Kingdom

Figurative
Figurative

My pieces always start out as vague notions, possibly a standing or walking figure. As the clay goes on the characters develop and I get caught in a dialogue with the piece, who are they, where are they ... When a piece is finished I always leave the viewer to establish their own dialogue and am often surprised and delighted by the direction these encounters take. They develop their own narrative.

Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie spent her formative years in Milan. The daughter of a fashion designer, she grew up in a home surrounded by colour, design and bustle. She loved feeling the textures of the fabrics and playing with the buttons and threads used to embellish the clothes, often imagining the type of people who would wear them. Sara studied at art college where she focused both on the life room and library discovering as much as she could about sculpture and painting. She formed a particular bond with Egyptian sculpture for its purity of line and use of colour. Experimenting with styles and mediums, gradually the experiences in Italy started to influence her work. The figures became clothed and small details such as buttons and textures appeared on the sculptures to draw the viewer into the pieces.

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