Sandy Campbell is primarily interested in materiality and surface, frequently referencing abandonment and decay within her work. Campbell’s practice originally developed from immersing herself in the declining urban landscape, being fascinated by the disintegrating history that was around her studio.
Since moving to Digswell her practice has progressed as she works even more intuitively; using automatic drawing to create a rugged mixed media surface on the canvas which she then works into through an intense process of addition and subtraction. By getting lost in the work, “the paint always dictates what happens next.” The resulting expressive, abstract paintings are energetic, surprising, and full of meaning.
Fellow until 2017