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Sarah Papworth

MA Games work by Sarah Papworth
MA Games work by Sarah Papworth

My research and creative practice has as a central theme the damage mankind is doing to the coral reefs due to plastic pollution and how this can be made visible through an extreme, alternative world. My main aim through my work has been to create emotional pieces which allow the audience to decipher the meaning behind the work.

My artistic style has evolved to reflect my research interests by becoming more abstract in my approach towards environment art, in a way comparable to the Rorschach test. The simplicity allows the main focus to be on atmosphere through the use of colour and form. Then the canvas is sectioned and reconstructed through the use of Gestalt psychology. This approach has allowed me to create abstract work which has allowed me to represent the organic, chaotic, beauty of the coral which is then merged with the non-organic, order of capitalism and human mass-produced goods.

Through the use of visual storytelling through Games Concept Design I ask: Could a human look at my artwork depicting the potential near future, and feel emotionally connected enough to be able to reflect on their own errors and change their behaviour towards plastic pollution?

Lizzie Starling

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