Sarah Maple is an outspoken visual artist known for her bold, witty, and occasionally controversial practice. She works in a wide variety of media (including painting, photography, sculpture, collage, and video) that challenge notions of identity, religion, feminism, violence, freedom of expression and the status quo. Much of Maple’s inspiration originates from her mixed religious and cultural upbringing and she often employs self-portraiture, alongside her guerrilla-style performances, as a vehicle for her narrative.
Her recent practice has focused on the disturbing parallels between the political climate in the US and the UK looking at themes of fear, division, toxic masculinity, and xenophobia. Sarah often references the work of Sarah Lucas in her own, sharing the YBA sharp humour and satirical eye.
Sarah Maple (b. 1985) graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University, London, in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions were held at: The Untitled Space, New York (2019); KochxBos Gallery, Amsterdam (2017); The Cob Gallery, London (2015). She has been awarded the New Sensation Art Prize in 2007 and was recently commissioned new work by The Baltic, New Art Exchange and Sky Arts.
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? ? I know I’m not meant to say this but... I do love Banksy.
Which work of art you wished you owned? ‘I would love to wake up to ‘Almond Blossom’ by Van Gogh everyday.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? Definitely the kettle!
Describe your studio in three words: Me, myself, I.
Do you collect anything? Cats.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? Last year I made playlist which happened to have ‘It Was A Good Day’ by Ice Cube as the first track, so now it’s become my morning mantra!