Sarah Staton

Sarah Staton (b. 1961) lives and works in Sheffield. Studied at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design (1984-1988). She is Staton is Senior Tutor in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. Beginning with model making, employed as a 3D drawing method, Sarah Staton creates sculptures for a variety of contexts including the public realm. Through allusions to utilitarianism, and an exploratory use of synthetic and natural materials, she creates spaces and objects that are marked by their socio-economic reality, seeking a modest purpose - to enable revelry and reverie. Staton uses materials' affective dimension – their ability to trigger associations and psychological responses – to supplement the established modernist coupling of form and function with a third term, feeling – an important but elusive texture for public art and urban design. Through 'threshold sculptures' which are simultaneously formal and functional, aesthetic and utilitarian, her off modern practice questions how design and the specific haptic properties of materials can dynamise site and experience.  Select commissions include Edith and Hans, University of Bristol (2016); Puppies, Teesside Universtiy (2015); Esperanto of Currency, filet, London (2015); and Steve, Folkestone Triennial (2014). 

Last updated: 23.02.2017


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