Sara Trillo: Artist Statement
I use my immediate environment to locate and make objects, paintings and narratives to which I hope to ascribe a form of mythical cultural belief. A desire to collage fragments together to generate a new meaning has always been at the core of my practice, whether this be found materials, layers of paint, or snatches of text. Likewise, in working on projects with public participation, I set up an overriding fictional structure-a newspaper, a fortune telling dog, a trolley-laboratory-in which I act as a puppet master attempting to bring all the diverse elements together.
Recently I have been using my studio environment, a neglected industrial building, as source material, and have been making representations of particular aspects of it. Whilst researching World War 1 archives for a museum commission last summer, I became interested in camouflage and started silver gilding brambles to create structures which, when lit to cast shadows, had the appearance of barbed wire/trench wire. The brambles were taken from the yard outside my studio and this inspired me to scrutinize other aspects of the building and area. I have since started making my own investigation of the” geology” and “habitat” of the space. Initially I started making paintings inspired by the Victorian floorboards: this then moved into making abstract paintings inspired by looking at puddles of water from leaks and historic paint spills on the floor. These I am now forming into cone shapes in both plaster and paper in a bid to create a playful, psychedelic mountain landscape, which I will then utilise to generate further narrative material as I manipulate the parameters of my studio containing this emergent new landscape.