In this episode of A brush with..., Sarah Sze talks to Ben Luke about the art, literature, music and film that have influenced her and continue to inspire her today, and the cultural experiences that have shaped her life and work.
Sze, who was born in 1969 in Boston and studied at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts, New York, takes objects and images and gathers them into intricate, uncanny assemblages which often envelop and overwhelm the viewer.
Her works are often categorised as sculptural installations but exist on the boundary between many different disciplines, with painting, printmaking, drawing and video alongside found and made sculptural elements. A first encounter with Sze’s work is never forgotten: she has an extraordinary knack of making her works directly embody a gallery space, seeming to grow from it and extend into it in surprising, even magical ways.
In the podcast she talks about the remarkable sense of scale, light and space in Vermeer, about the prints of Hokusai, Emily Dickinson’s preoccupation with death, the profound effect of seeing Chris Marker’s La Jetée and her transformative experiences of historic Indian architecture. And, of course, she answers our regular questions about what images she has around her in the studio, the rituals of her working life, and what, ultimately, art is for.
• Sarah Sze, Victoria Miro, London, 12 October–6 November
• Sarah Sze: New Works, Gagosian Basel from 20 September-13 November 2021
• Sarah Sze: Fallen Sky, a permanent, site-specific sculpture and exhibition featuring the panoramic work Fifth Season at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York
• Shorter than the Day (2020),a permanent sculpture commissioned by LaGuardia Gateway Partners in partnership with Public Art Fund at Arrivals and Departures Hall of LaGuardia Airport Terminal B
• A brush with… series 6 runs from 15 September - 6 October 2021, with episodes released on Wednesdays. You can download and subscribe to the podcast here. This episode is sponsored by Bloomberg Connects.