Sarah-Cate Blake studied as a sculptor specialising in bronze and steel in the inspiring studios set in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where artists in residence offer teaching and included Andy Goldsworthy, Peter Randall-Page, Sophie Ryder and David Morris. Based in Cambridge Sarah-Cate develops her art practice in ink, acrylic, watercolour, gold leaf, mixed media and in ceramic and wood.
With a concern for meditative landscape.
Sky Sea Light Mountain
Breath Thought Being Transition
Landscapes and the composite elements of an environment are a formative part of her practice with an emersion into this essential energy. Sitting, walking and spending time exploring a particular location is part of this extended understanding. Constantly referring and having an acknowledgment of the psychology of how one begins being in that place, the act of being & doing. Sarah-Cate takes mindful walks along coast paths, wood trails, hill tops when she is travelling, having an awareness of the micro as well as the macro landscapes, mosses, lichen, leaves as well as the bigger ‘stuff’.
Sarah-Cate has an interest in East Asia both as an artist and as a museums specialist; she has worked at The British Museum, London and is currently at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.
After many years studying East Arts techniques in 2018 she travelled through Honshu, Japan. Here she visited museums, galleries, temples and gardens passing through the Japan Alps and along the Japan Sea, creating a detailed journal and sketchbooks that form an ongoing body of landscape paintings in ink and gold leaf. She researches the art of Japan and paints using traditional Japanese brushes, ink, watercolour pigments, gold leaf, and papers and explores meditative calligraphic traditions. Most recently she is working in clay and returning to her sculptural practices to explore a simple act of Suru (through) and Baransu (Balance) transforming found materials to incorporate into her ceramic forms. Sarah-Cate is returning to Japan in November 2019 to further develop her practice.
Ceramics, Hills Road College, Cambridge 2018 – ongoing
Woodblock printing, Toyoko, Japan 2018
Etching Course Dekkle Studio Baldock April 2016
Intaglio Course, Curwen Print Studios Sept 2012
Booking Making Curwen Print Studio May 2010
MA, University of London 2002-2004
Post Graduate Diploma, Sheffield 1989-1990
BA hons Fine Art, Leeds University 1985-1988
Foundation Art, Cambridge School of Art 1983-1984
Blake and Hastings. (2007), Yellow Monkey, Handmade Press
Lever, R. (ed.) (1995), The West in Her Eye. England, Pyramid Press
Lever, R. (ed.) (1996), In Her Mind’s Eye. England, Pyramid Press
Pateman, K. (ed.) (1995), Personnel Announcements. England, Poetry Now
White, S. (ed.) (1996), And God Created Woman. England, Aural Images
Illuminating the Self, Newcastle, curator Susan Aldworth, Central St Martin’s Art College
ARISE, YOKO ONO, Anglia Ruskin Gallery Cambridge.
Sleep, VoegeleKulture, Zurich Switzerland, curator Susan Aldworth, Central St Martin’s Art College
The Dark Self, St. Mary’s York, curator Susan Aldworth, Central St Martin’s Art College
ARISE, YOKO ONO, Reykjavik Museum, Iceland.
Corporate: Owen Bond Architect Partnership, Norwich
Corporate: Birmingham Women’s Hospital
Corporate: Create, Cambridge.
Corporate: Cambridge City Council.
Private: Count De Masse, Vineyard Moulin de Breuil, France;
Private: Illinois, USA
Private collections: France, Britain, Switzerland, USA.