Sarah Cook is an artist based in Sheffield and the Peak District. She recently completed a Masters in Fine Art (MFA) course at Sheffield Hallam University where she continues to develop her work 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 and their inhabitants; the historical and archaeological impact of people on environments; life cycles and the passage of time using different materials such as clay, wood and bronze; feminist observations of women and their portrayal.
Sarah has recently exhibited in Sheffield at the Millennium Gallery, Chapel Walk, and Block projects. Working with Peak District National Park, she displayed a sculptural installation in woodland with the theme of “The Meaning of Trees”. The aim was 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. A series of her bronze and aluminium pieces were due to be shown in London in March 2020 at The Art pavilion, Mile End park as part of the Ecofeminism Festival. This is now planned for November 2020.