2010 by Sarah Pickles
Central Saint Martins MA Show 2010
Sarah Pickles’s sculpture is large and quietly overbearing, poignant in her use of colour which is restrained and but consistent through each work, unifying the various sculptures as one. All feature this deep red; bright but not pillar box, it is a warning with a hint of the gravity of blood, becoming particularly meaningful in the different ways Pickles manipulates it. Next to this sculpture are Pickles’s tall towers of white; soft, they stand like surreal pillars of cotton with red wrapped round in threads – circling and playing with the purity of white. Contrastingly here, red is the colour to be submissive. Stabbed, it makes up the bottom of the sculpture, skewered by an ominous spike. Compared to the gentility of the soft towers, this sculpture is all stiff and sharp edges. Colour is not adorning, but folded and put in its place. Each fold of the red material is un-missable, multiplying the spike’s gauging as it cuts painfully through each layer. The bending folds are subdued at either end, bowing down it seems to this deadly stake that is deliberately shown, indeed red parts almost like curtains, for its sharpened point.