Sarah Greaves is an artist whose practice crosses art forms. Her Embroidered Graffiti has been exhibited across the country and has received international press and publicity including an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01293bq
Sarah's new collection ‘Armenian Threads’ premiered at Shoreditch Town Hall as part of the Armenian Institute's event ‘Salon Mashup’ and the full collection will be exhibited at NQ2022 in Manchester 21st August-7th September 2013.
Funded by the Arts Council and following a three-week residency in Armenia where she worked with Armenian artists and galleries, Sarah has created an installation of embroidered wooden sculptures, accompanied by a soundscape, that explores her own Armenian heritage, traditional needlework and oral histories. The installation centres around three large embroidered sculptures that stand like pieces of a theatre set. The space encourages the viewer to find different angles and perspectives on the work, and to ask who creates the lens through which we view Armenian history and culture.
One of the three sculptures is a six-foot tall zoomorphic sculpture - half bird, half woman; her solid wooden body embellished with traditional Marash embroidery and Armenian lace. Based on illustrations from ancient Armenian scripts, the figure gazes from the past but in the here and now she seems to tell many different stories.