Shared Lines Collaborative

Art building resilient cities

Sarah Brown

b. 1965, Yorkshire, UK

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Exeter University, United Kingdom, 1987.

Install viewDearly Beloved, 2012, recycled materials from fallen Christchurch properties in old tobacco tins.

Sendai 014 webFor Sendai with love, May 2012, recycled materials from fallen Christchurch properties in old tobacco tin.

Thorpes PlaceThe Thorpes’ place, Manchester Street, April 2012, recycled materials from fallen Christchurch properties (including roofing slate from the house) in old tobacco tin.

MaryOur Lady statue Catholic Basilica, March 2012, recycled materials from fallen Christchurch properties in old tobacco tin.


The Kiwi Diary publication 2013

Dearly Beloved project 2012

Christchurch/Sendai Art Exchange June 2012

Chambers @ 241 Group Show December 2011

Little River Gallery ‘Natural Order’ August 2011

CoCA Gallery Administration & Accounts 2008-2011

Artist statement

I work with recycled materials especially vintage wallpaper and linoleum.  I love the tactile nature of these materials, how they smell and how they feel and imagine the stories they could tell (if only these walls and floors could talk).  And of course the colours and designs are often exquisite. I like contrasting the fragility of these elements with hard roofing metals for example – it seems to evoke a vulnerability or tenderness.  I was working with these materials before the earthquakes but of course they are particularly meaningful now as the properties they once embellished have been demolished.  These small works were made for people losing their homes or businesses as a result of the quakes and creating them fulfilled my need to respond or reach out in some way.  Where possible I used something salvaged from the property.


‘Sarah employs recycled materials – lino, wallpaper, rubber and tin – these items are fragmented and then laboriously pieced together again, creating scenes that are both frayed but harmonious; distressed but beautiful. These ‘scapes’ boxed up like treasure, gather hope in what lies tattered and discarded, and beauty in what is imperfect and worn – what could be more inspirational and uplifting at times like these, as we begin to rebuild our scarred city? To me these works weave together a narrative of the past, cultivated from the places that these fabrics have been, and nurtured by Sarah into the infinite possibilities and potential for the future.’ (Rachael Slade, art consultant)


Key Questions

If your house was red zoned, what materials would you salvage for a work with an aim to produce an emotional response. Why?

What feature of your home and garden would you ask to be included in an artwork of it (eg a favourite tree/plant, a special window/door etc)?


Recycled objects, Found objects, Community, Collage, Memory, Recording history, Treasure, Tactile.


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