Sarah Chalkie Cloonan

Looking around my domestic realm I see many curious things that impart moments of musing and wonder.  Curiosity about these everyday objects, lemons, dogs, teapots, trees, and daughters, where they rest, their narratives and the questions that emerge from their connected juxtaposition is what drives my practice. As William Morris put it, “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, in elevating them by art” (William Morris. The Aims of Art. 1877).  

This process of exploring the everyday relies heavily upon serendipity and synchronicity: responding to the seemingly random coming together of objects and information and capturing them to be rereleased when viewed. Through painting, photographing, tearing, sticking, and pasting, new meanings emerge. This is how I untangle my world and perpetuate curiosity and energy around me.