Soft Fruit, Hard Fruit

Sarah Coxon

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Sculpture Studio

duvet, woven fabric, ceramics, 2023

50 x 78 x 11 inches

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Other Work

Stilling Life

25 x14 x 4 inches

Every Time There’s a Little Less

12 x 9 x 1.5 inches

altered woven fabric, ceramics, 2023

Threshold Series

ceramics, 2022

dimensions between 9.5 x 5 x 6 and 10.5 x 8 x 6 inches

The Path of Most Resistance

tights, thread, stones, beans, 2020

I want to understand the labour hidden in craft, and hidden in the body. Craft is labour, and labour is physical. It’s repetitive, it’s tiring, it’s tedious, it’s squeezed between all the other labours of life. It’s what our material world is made of, and soft bodies bear the weight. Labour is striving, struggle, the path of most resistance; it is delicate, fragile, vulnerable to quietly disappearing. The unheroic, the mundane, folded into each unacknowledged stitch. The desire to achieve, to attain, to reach somewhere, something, by many small efforts. To realize the path of the body, slowly. Is this labour power? To create, to give life – there’s power in weight, even when it’s restrained and restricted. But how long can the weight be sustained? How is it contained, does it accumulate, like heavy metals? Does the body just keep on stretching?

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Sarah Coxon is a UK-born visual artist working from the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and T’sleil-Waututh peoples. Primarily through ceramics and textiles, her work uses craft- and material-based languages to explore themes related to the body, loss, labour, and the emotional weight of the everyday. Her work exists in a space of tension between desires to contain or preserve, and the vulnerability and tenuousness by which the physical and emotional body and everyday life are held together. Drawing on feminisms, experiences of motherhood, and Ursula le Guin’s Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, her work and process explore quiet resistance to the gendered values of productivity and labour that are embedded in capitalist cultures of art-making. She has an MSc in Global Politics from London School of Economics and is graduating with a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr in 2023.

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