Sarah Rayner lives and works in bushland on the outskirts of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland. As an artist, she predominately works sculpturally creating collections of objects, underpinned by an interest in museology. Living in bushland and surrounded by flora, Sarah closely identifies with Australian native plants and draws much of her inspiration from their cyclic metamorphosis.
She is inspired by the plant’s sheer ingenuity and tenacity, the clever methods they have evolved to attract pollinators and the defence mechanisms devised to repel and ward off parasites and predators. Her particular interest lies in the reproductive organs of plants, primarily the Gynoecium, which is a collective term for the parts of a flower that develop into the fruit and seeds. Sarah scrutinizes and dissects these amazing little structures examining the form, textures, cracks and crevices and the way layers peel back to reveal sensuous interiors.
Over the last four years, Rayner has begun to use porcelain as a medium from which to translate observations of her local environment. Porcelain has its own historical and cultural references to drawing rooms, aristocracy, purity and luxury, its precious nature correlating to that of Rayner’s subject matter. The earthiness of plants, the interconnected eco system, humus, decay and the cycle of life are distilled and accentuated by the cool, clean porcelain forms with their delicate pleats and clefts. The fragility and delicate balance of the natural world are overriding and recurring themes.
Rayner has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and has had public artworks commissioned by the Brisbane City Council in Melbourne Street, West End and in the Mater Private Hospital, Springfield Queensland. Her work is held in the Toowoomba Regional Art gallery collection and represented in many private collections.
In 2017, Rayner won the Little things Art prize in Sydney and was honoured for her work to appear on the front cover of Australian Ceramics in July 2018. Her first major ceramics solo exhibition, Flowerbones, opened in September 2018 at Onespace Gallery, Gladstone Street Highgate Hill, QLD.