We chat to Sarah Key, a self-taught collage artist from Belgrade, Serbia. Sarah loves exploring the traditional method, the cut and paste technique. All her work is hand-made. Sarah has had her work exhibited in various galleries and art shows throughout Belgrade, London, Oxford, Berlin and Thessaloniki. Her work has also been published in several books, magazines and fanzines in Australia, the US, the UK and Brazil, alongside various websites dedicated to collage art.
North: How would you describe your work?
Sarah: I’d describe my work as a mix of vintage aesthetic and surrealistic moments. The human body in every way, shape and size is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me. I am particularly fascinated by human hands. I love the dynamics and movement that body language brings into my work.
North: Can you describe your work process?
Sarah: I work mostly with material that I already have in the house – old newspapers, magazines, and books. I usually start with an image that inspires me and then the “journey” begins. I go through the material (sometimes several times) until I find the matching image, the one that “speaks” to me. Often, the initial idea is different than the final result and that’s what I love about collages – you never know where it will take you.
North: What do you love about your hometown, Belgrade?
Sarah: Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. I love Belgrade, especially in spring. I love long walks by the river, walking around the Belgrade Fortress, and the magnificent view of the city at sunset with the confluence of the Danube and Sava. Also, Zemun, the Gardos Tower and the Botanical Garden Jevremovac are just a few of my favourite places in Belgrade. This is a city full of positive people, energy and joy, that leaves nobody indifferent.
See more of Sarah’s work here.