About Sandra Masterson


My work is as much about process as it is about the finished pieces, the act of walking and collecting soil and plant materials is central to my art practice.

"Masterson's technique of using the soil as both the ground and the subject of her work opens up a space in which the geological and historical past and the present are fused through a visual interpretation of the concept of 'working the soil'. The sense of place and its corollary space are key features of the work. By invoking place through the different soil samples taken, she creates a visual space. Here the multiple narrative strands associated with the place surface in the sedimentation that occurs during the artistic process of washing, or floating the emulsion over the canvas surface.

- According to de Certeau

'Space is composed of intersections of mobile elements. It is in a sense actuated by the ensemble of movements deployed within it. Space occurs as the effect produced by the operations that orient it, situate it, temporize it, and make it function in a polyvalent unity of conflictual programs or contractual proximities.' "

-Janet Harrison, (2007) A Walk in the Park, Arron Print