Today we have a multiple of four exquisite works by Sarah Sabin, which have been placed in The Great Churchyard, amongst the trees, gravestones and monuments. Words in response are by Sue Burge.
twist the pale lid – an anti-clockwise moon
unfurl the tight spiral of fine weave
use your unpricked fingertips
to trace each careful silk-sewn ridge
wind the ashes of a small and fineboned thing
you didn’t mean to kill
into the cloth’s dark heart
twist the pale lid – a clockwise moon
suspend your disbelief for seven days
press your ear to the light tight grain
listen for a quiet and forgiving flutter
a ready steady beat
turn and release
Sarah Sabin is an artist and educator living and working in Colchester. My work has been concerned for a number of years with 'digging about under the surface.' I interpret and reimagine places and their histories, through making, public participation, and site specific projects. I use a wide range of media in two and three dimensions. I don't like to pin myself down to a particular material, often choosing what feels to me, most appropriate or with a connection to a particular site.
Sarah studied BA Fine Art at Sunderland University and has an MA fine art at NUA - Norwich university of the Arts. Previous Commissions, exhibitions and residencies include Firstsite, Colchester; the Foundling Museum, London; UCL institute of archaeology;, and a grove residency. She is currently working on a public realm architectural intervention. See www.sarahsabin.co.uk
Sue Burge is a North Norfolk based poet and freelance tutor in creative writing and film studies. Her first collection In the Kingdom of Shadows was published in 2018 alongside her debut pamphlet Lumiere.
For more information go to www.sueburge.uk
I am an artist and the curator for grove and groving. This blog is groving online, and records the artworks placed on the streets of Bury St Edmunds along with responses to the work by commissioned writers.