Symmetria – Sara Pope

About Symmetria

Exploring notions of beauty and sensuality, Sara’s work focuses on and investigates the combination of qualities that are intrinsically pleasing the aesthetic senses. Making use of high gloss, light reflection, and neon light this body of work includes not only her trademark lips but also a new strand of investigation in the form of her ‘Symmetry’ portraits.

D Contemporary is very happy to present

Symmetria by Sara Pope

24th January – 9th February 2018 – Extended until the 9th of March

Monday – Friday | 11am – 6pm

Saturday | 11am – 5pm

12th February – 9th March
Monday – Friday | 11am – 5pm

Contemporary artist Sara Pope is known for her bold, seductive paintings of voluptuous lips. Taking inspiration from a successful career in the fashion industry (as a shoe designer for brands such as Paul Smith), and also her work in magazines as a designer and art director, Sara aims to capture the glamour and seductive power conveyed by the lips and mouth. Interested in questions of beauty, communication, and the rise of image perfectionism, Sara uses the perspective of her commercial experience to explore these themes. The starting point is a makeup brush and a lipstick. She paints the models lips, then, using tricks and techniques of makeup and lighting, she begins the process of creating the perfect lips.  She asks the model, to express different emotions which she captures photographically.Using the shots as inspiration she begins the artwork. The painting process involves several layers of thin oil-diluted paint being overlaid, blending and smoothing the colours extensively at every stage, sometimes also mixing lipstick into the paint. Emulating the stylistic slickness of advertising, the result is glossy, perfect and irresistible.

Selected works on show