Sarah Elson

Sarah Elson is a Western Australian artist who has pursued an interest in traditional metalsmithing and its use in contemporary visual arts practice for 25 years.

Her work examines the nature of preciousness and the preciousness of nature. Transience, ephemerality, sensuality and reciprocity are key words in Sarah’s practice - so too an understanding of community, relationships and the entanglement of life. The act of making for Sarah is a meditation on growth; realized through the fluid potential of a medium often perceived as static. The sensuality in her work, of material and subject matter, draws out a philosophical attitude to being.

In 2001 Sarah was the recipient of a Samstag Scholarship and holds an MFA from the Chelsea School of Art and Design, London. Sarah has exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions Anigozanthos (eudaimonia hybrid) at Galerie Düsseldorf in 2007 and phloem poetica at PICA in 2010.

Her work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, John Curtin Gallery, Edith Cowan University and the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. She is a member of Art Collective WA, Perth where she recently presented a solo show.


Tanunda, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Lives & Works

Coolbellup, Perth, Western Australia

Exhibited at

Acknowledgements & Funders

Assisted by: Lucien Spencer-Elson. Represented by Art Collective WA.

Supported by the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.