This blog started as an online record of my creative process starting in 2013 to support the research I conducted on my MA Art, Design & the Book at Colchester Institute, Colchester, UK.
I recorded visits to exhibitions, shows & book fairs; adding some of my photographs, images of artwork & creative writing.
This blog continues to be a place for me to question & reflect on the ‘encounters’ I make (encounters being those occasions that spark the artistic thought process) be they with someone or their work.
I’ve found that I’m enjoying combining found, ready-made objects with my own work, photography, creative writing, print and paper technology.
I have made assemblages that reference my identity as a Portuguese migrant, or rather the child of migrants. I am was born in Madeira but having moved to the UK at 15 months old, culturally perhaps, I am more British?
I love exploring that feeling of belonging to both places.
I am researching the concept of ‘Saudade’, a Portuguese term that does not easily translate into English, but expresses a deep longing for a time, place or person, akin to a grief mixed with nostalgia; it can be deeply sad or strangely euphoric or a mixture of both.
Since completing my MA, I have set up my Artists Studio at Thames-Side Studios on the river, near Woolwich in London. This past year the Studio itself has been my project & it continues to be a work in progress. I have enjoyed being a member of the Thames-Side Print Studio and the London Sculpture Workshop, both on site, too.
I have really enjoyed doing some furniture restoration and learning new skills and upgrading some old ones in the print studio.
I shall continue to learn and dabble in many differing media and shall blog, tweet & Instagram as often as is possible.
I hope you all find something on this varied site that you enjoy. If you would like to be a patron, and support my ongoing development as a professional artist, please donate by scrolling down to the Paypal DONATE button on the left hand side bar (or scroll right down to bottom of page on mobile site).
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With immense gratitude,
Sonia Serrao MA, PGCE, BA (Hons)
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