Sarah Strachan & Ayeshah Zolghadr
Ayeshah Zolghadr and Sarah Strachan are artists working at the interface of printmaking. Sarah transitions into print from sculpture and ceramics, while Ayeshah translates an architectural background into print and back again. Both continue to investigate the spaces in between 2D and 3D — as artists and curators.
Ayeshah’s practice is concerned with exploring relationships and communication through the repetitive action of printmaking. Her research methodology is heavily influenced by an architectural background, mathematical investigations and an interest in augmenting digital technologies. Working across parallel processes, Ayeshah is interested in unforeseen shifts that occur from translating her experimental print-based works into 3D forms and back again through the mediums of risograph printing, blind embossing, video projection and sculpture.
In Sarah’s transdisciplinary practice she senses environmental changes through deep conversations with people, place, the land and the materials and objects associated with these. Her interest lies in how perception affects our ecological awareness and thinking and she explores her ideas and research through printmaking, painting, and ceramics; often fusing sound and/or moving image into the final installations.
The artists began collaborating in 2022 at Cambridge School of Art during their final year of studies in MA Fine Art and MA Printmaking. Their ongoing research project ‘The Anxiety of Interdisciplinarity’ saw the duo conceive, organise and curate an open call exhibition at the International Printmaking Conference IMPACT 12 in September 2022. Last year they were awarded the Arts Scholars Curwen Printmaking Bursary and the artists have used their bursary to collaborate on this project resulting in an exhibition of collaborative works in print and ceramics and in conversation with Curwen’s unique print archive. They were recently selected for the ART@ARB 2023 programme to host the next iteration of their collaboration including an open call to Cambridgeshire based artists.