Sarah Gardiner's work explores the ability of abstract art to create a universal language.
Art is a means of self-expression and can help an individual convey emotions which are difficult to verbalize. Research suggests that when given opportunities to explore and express who we are, we gain confidence that translates into success. The act of creating art allows us to think beyond boundaries and gain new perspectives. It is important that we start to treat art as a journey. It is a process and not a destination.
The purpose of my art is to channel my thoughts and emotions through abstract self-expression. My work does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead balances the arrangement of elements such as line, shape, and colour to achieve its effect.
I choose to create abstract, non-representational work because I find the creative process natural and spontaneous. A single line on a blank surface provides a starting point for the means to express myself. Conscious thinking is eliminated, and I am both lost and found in the pure freedom of creating.
It is my responsibility as an artist to use my imagination to look beyond what we can physically see and translate intangible emotions onto a surface. It is then down to the audience to connect to my intentions and free their own mind of visual restrictions. What emerges on the surface is a visual language that is highly emotional and personal, yet at the same time universal.