Sarah Williams

Her imagery comprises quiet and solitary spaces - staircases, empty rooms, corridors and the like - those banal interstitial spaces we move through every day and rarely pause to consider or appreciate.

Sarah Williams places an emphasis on the physical process of painting. The weight and substance of the paint supersede the image in her work as paint is dragged and scraped to call attention to the material surface of each picture. Her cakes of pigment are substantial and concrete yet with subtle nuances in colour and lustre. She confidently applies layer upon layer of paint; each one mixed with the previous application upon the canvas or obscured by the following action.

As the child of missionaries based in the Philippines, Williams spent her first twelve years travelling between Manila and NZ, during which time her family lived in thirteen different houses. She completed an MFA at the University of Auckland in 2010.