Sarah Ritchie: artist statement
Fibre artistry, created from nature.
Drawing inspiration from the breathtaking beauty of Aotearoa New Zealand, my home, I am an artist who creates framed works using natural fibres such as wool and silk.
As an advocate for sustainable art practices and non-toxic creativity, I turned to these materials after the toxicity of traditional acrylic and oil paints started affecting my health. Working with a natural medium brings me immense joy. I love experimenting with blending fibres to create unique effects and colours that defy ordinary paint.
Adapting the ancient art of felting – a technique dating back over 6,000 years – I create modern art that celebrates the organic forms found in the land, water, and plants. At first glance, my creations appear as traditional paintings (often with an abstract feel). Upon closer inspection, the intricate fibres reveal themselves, adding depth and texture to each piece.
Through my artwork, I aim to create luscious images that capture the essence and beauty of our natural world.