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20162016 Finalists

Sarah Rice

Sarah Rice is an Art Theory lecturer, visual artist and writer. She has a PhD in philosophy and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Art (ceramics). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She teaches Practice-led Research in conjunction with the Craft and Design Workshop at the ANU School of Art, and her art-book of poetry Those Who Travel (prints Patsy Payne, Ampersand Duck, 2010) is held in the NGA and other national institutions. Her latest work (both sculptural and framed works on paper) was exhibited as part of the group show 'Material Poetics' at ANCA gallery. She also recently participated (with a series of drawings) in the Wordsmith group exhibition at M16 as both a visual artist and a poet. She regularly runs art and poetry workshops at institutions such as BAC and Craft ACT and CMAG. She also writes exhibition catalogue essays for Art Institutions in the ACT, her latest was for the current Mike Parr exhibition at NGA. Sarah collaborates with institutions and individuals in a cross-disciplinary way - her most recent collaborations have been with a ceramicist, a glass artist, print-maker and photographer.

Artwork title

Night Crossings

Artwork medium

Digital Print

Artwork dimensions

60 x 45cm

Artwork price


Artist Statement

This image evokes the feeling conveyed in David Whyte's beautiful and haunting poem “FINISTERRE": the concrete crossings, the spiritual crossings, the elemental crossings, and the final crossing we all make.
“The road in the end taking the path the sun had taken,
into the western sea, and the moon rising behind you
as you stood where ground turned to ocean: no way
to your future now but the way your shadow could take,
walking before you across water, going where shadows go,
no way to make sense of a world that wouldn't let you pass
except to call an end to the way you had come,
to take out each frayed letter you brought
and light their illumined corners, and to read
them as they drifted through the western light;
to empty your bags; to sort this and to leave that;
to promise what you needed to promise all along,
and to abandon the shoes that had brought you here
right at the water's edge, not because you had given up
but because now, you would find a different way to tread,
and because, through it all, part of you could still walk on,
no matter how, over the waves.”

Inner North Story

I have been living in the Inner North since 2002 and loving it! I used to live in O'Connor but I moved to Hackett 10 years ago and feel very connected to the community here - particularly in terms of the artists who live in this area. I especially love the way Mt Majura rises up to meet me each time I come home, and because of the height of Hackett, I enjoy that feeling of being perched up high overlooking the valley of Canberra.