b. 1978, Australia

Sarah Contos Biography

Working with discarded pop imagery and borrowed icons of fetishism and voodoo, Sarah Contos' practice combines disparate materials and textures into a formal language that is reminiscent of Poverist works. Yet there is an underlying erotic subtext, referenced in her use of lovers' clothing, sequins and quilting. Working across painting, assemblage, craft and soft sculpture, Contos uses a sense of wit and humor to address 'the sadness of things'—a material history as represented by cultural anthropology, art history and popular culture. Her works have included a Crystal Meth lab to make Chloe Eau de Parfum, and embroidered album covers of 80s pop hits. In 2011, Contos was the recipient of the Martin Bequest Traveling Scholarship.

Sarah Contos Featured Artworks

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Voltron II by Sarah Contos contemporary artwork sculpture
Sarah Contos Voltron II, 2019 Repurposed leather jackets, hardware, thread
175 x 140 x 23 cm
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Voltron I by Sarah Contos contemporary artwork sculpture
Sarah Contos Voltron I, 2019 Repurposed leather jackets, hardware, thread
195 x 204 x 20 cm
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The Bite Mark of a Butterfly by Sarah Contos contemporary artwork installation
Sarah Contos The Bite Mark of a Butterfly, 2019 Screen-print and acrylic on calico, poly-fibre, stainless steel, leather, hardware, tulle, fluorescent lights, screen-print on lamé mounted on aluminium and wood dimensions variable
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Cats by Sarah Contos contemporary artwork print
Sarah Contos Cats, 2019 Screen-print on lamé mounted on aluminium and wood
80 x 200 cm
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Birds by Sarah Contos contemporary artwork print
Sarah Contos Birds, 2019 Screen-print on lamé mounted on aluminium and wood
80 x 200 cm
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Chair and Ottoman by Sarah Contos contemporary artwork sculpture
Sarah Contos Chair and Ottoman, 2019 Repurposed cane, screen-print on canvas, foam, wood
126 x 199 x 137 cm
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Baby I by Sarah Contos contemporary artwork sculpture
Sarah Contos Baby I, 2019 Repurposed leather, foam, artist's belts
55 x 40 x 11 cm
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Bat by Sarah Contos contemporary artwork sculpture
Sarah Contos Bat, 2019 Repurposed cane, leather, wood, stainless hardware
120 x 128 x 27 cm
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Sarah Contos Recent Exhibitions

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