Sarah Cook is an artist living in the Peak District and currently studying a Masters in Fine Art (MFA) course at Sheffield Hallam University. Her work mainly involves casting bronze sculptures.
Sarah became a full-time artist in 2015 having retired from a career in mental health research, teaching and occupational therapy, working in several countries and organisations. She has always taken part in art activities as a participant or facilitator. She has particularly enjoyed life drawing and making sculptural pieces in different materials.
Through studying on the Masters in Fine Art (MFA) course at Sheffield Hallam University Sarah has systematically developed her practice in casting methods (plaster, aluminium and bronze) and in gathering the interactions of people with publicly accessible art, using audio recordings and video.
Her interests include the interactions and exchanges between rural environments, their inhabitants and/including people; the time stuff on life cycle and rotting and materials such as wood and bronze; feminist observations of women and their portrayal.
Sarah has recently exhibited in Sheffield at the Millennium Gallery, Chapel Walk, Block projects. Her next sculptural installation will portray some of her deeply felt responses to being amongst trees, whilst inviting others to interpret the art and the trees in their own ways. The theme is “The Meaning of Trees” and the aim is to engage people in a conversation about what trees and the landscape mean for them. This is at a time of local and global concerns about deforestation and loss of natural habitats.