Sarah Ashe

First Name: 
Sarah
Last Name: 
Ashe
Artist Statement: 
My light sculptures are a means to draw attention to forms and feelings about nature, influenced by my vision. The manipulation of the reeds in combination with applying the paper are a form of meditation. I like to think that the result has a certain presence, quiet or bold, and in some cases, humorous.

Sarah Ashe has had her hand in a number of mediums, including fiber arts, painting and drawing. She started making light sculptures after a workshop on making Nougouchi Akari lights. While intrigued by the creation of form through mold building, she found she needed a more immediate way to create her work. She wanted to see the form emerge in relation to the light, thus she arrived at “Light Sculptures.” She creates her sculptures from Japanese and Thai handmade papers and reeds. Seeds, pods, shells, stones and cocoons all provide the inspiration for her work. Starting with a reed skeleton, paper is applied creating a shell/skin. Its translucency, strength and texture create the sense of delicacy and form that define the work. When lit from within, the sculptures simply come alive. While they can be considered art objects unto themselves, they also can serve as the primary light source in a room. Photo Essay and Video: Making a Light Sculpture Photos by Amira Pualwan

1: Sarah sometimes starts with sketching forms for inspiration and planning.

2: After soaking the reeds, she begins twisting and clamping them into her desired form.

3: She uses hot glue to secure the reed intersections together and then cuts off long ends.

4: To apply the paper, Sarah brushes on a non-yellowing glue and covers each space between the reeds.

5: She must trim the excess paper to achieve a seamless aesthetic.

6: Using a VT soapstone base and copper tubing cut custom for each lamp, Sarah assembles the base and electrical component of the Light Sculpture.

7: Here is an example of one of Sarah's finished lamps.

Artist Town: 
Middlebury