about the art
Sarah Jayne Booth’s assemblages and multifaceted praxis focus on the domestic realm, she analyses ‘the everyday’ via a kaleidoscope of found objects, sound, video and other subtle devices. Using a subversive feminine aesthetic she melds and conjures discarded bits and bobs into new narratives, distorting their original function. She configures fictional scenarios and uncanny montages that scrutinize a host of social conflicts. The daily stream of injustices presented via mass media substantiates and maintains her emphasis on sexuality, space, women and the home. Ardently focused on feminist ideologies, the ‘Separate Spheres’ and social histories her work interrogates various characteristics of material culture, the female body and human ecology, where environs can be an affirmative space or
one of hazard. Her peculiar feminine making alludes to everyday activities and treasured ideologies that are imprinted and indoctrinated deep within the feminine psyche and she recounts these anecdotes to highlight the frequency with which these injustices and systemic failures occur. She responds to the home as both a site of constraint and a source of rich previously taboo imagery, where changing attitudes to domestic space, labour, materials and iconography are in flux.
about the artist
Sarah Jayne Booth is a Cork based multimedia installation artist whose work centres on domesticity, gender inequality, bodily autonomy and social histories. She maintains an actively engaged practice with a number of solo exhibitions, bursaries and significant group exhibitions in major regional galleries.
She initiated and heads up the collective r. a. g. e.
(realising absolute gender equality). Achievements include: a Bursary Award from Cork City Council 2021, Arts Council Professional Development Funding, 2020 and a residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in 2020. Three group exhibitions in 2019: I see crimson I see red Cork, Cahoots A4 Sounds Dublin & the Kinsale Arts Festival. In 2017, Diving the Wreck: collaboration with SoftTack, UCC Cork, UCD Dublin & Lass Struggle UCL London. She’s had three solo exhibitions: Signal Arts Centre, South Tipperary Arts Centre & Bookcube Gallery. Awarded further residencies with 126 Artist–Run Gallery, Galway & Fire Station Studios, Dublin and a Cork City Council bursary in 2013. She holds a studio in Sample-Studios, Cork City where she is also on the Board of Directors.