Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas is an independent art writer, editor and adviser living in Melbourne.


Word as Image: Islamic calligraphy in contemporary art
In the broadest terms calligraphy can be seen as a prescriptive form of drawing and in this liberated sense an artist is free to investigate its role as both message and ornament. This article looks at the nature of Islamic calligraphy via the works of two very different artists working in Australia today  Iranian born Hossein Valamanesh and Naeem Rana of Pakistan. With the significance of language and the written word in Islamic culture it is hardly surprising that visual artists have in recent decades turned to it as the source of cultural and political potency.
The Word As Art
Small Deaths
Australian artist Kate Breakey, who now resides in Tucson, Arizona, caught up with Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact of growing up in the coastal town of Port Lincoln and the impact her childhood upbringing is having on her recent work. 'I think my childhood proximity to nature turned me into a naturalist...Growing up around animals you learn that life is complicated, survival is a struggle, death usually isn't quick or clean, and nature doesn't make any allowances for love and attachment'.
New Museums, New Agendas
Neil Taylor
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne 1 April - 3 May 2005
Neoterica Australian Body Art Festival Samstag NAVA Bendigo Art Gallery