Fine art star Sarah Taylor Silverwood is offering a new perspective of Birmingham – with comic book tweaks.
Her drawings use a variety of materials to create different perspectives, colours and textures.
And then, for good measure, she adds few extra touches – to show off her love of Batman.
Sarah’s first exhibition is now running until December 2 at The Barber Institute.
The idea behind her Living City display is to feature everything from construction sites to traffic jams and from individual building buildings to new twists on familiar landscapes. Now 26, when Sarah first arrived at the University of Birmingham from the rural Forest of Dean area of Wales, it was to study English.
After taking an MA in Fine Art from 2010-11 she is now fully committed to drawing.
The daughter of novelist Andrew Taylor and still-life photographer mum Caroline Silverwood Taylor, Sarah says: “I didn’t think I would like Birmingham when I first came here, but I just grew to love it. Doing English as a degree gave me the time to focus and to think, so now I’m exploring the comics culture and its potential to construct narrative, identity and fantasy in the city.”
Working two days a week as a PA for Eastside-based architectural practice K4 Architects is also paying dividends.
“I get to see how and why buildings are being built and the importance of heritage and respecting that,” she says.
Sarah is also working on book illustration projects and hosts comic book workshops, too – her exhibition includes the first Watchmen cover.
Having once dreamed of drawing for the Beano, she’s now content to offer her own view of Birmingham – and to slip in some Batman references for fun.
“You’ll have to look hard to find them,” she smiles. “But they are there.”
* Sarah’s website: www.sarahsilverwood.com. The Barber Institute, Edgbaston Road, Edgbaston, B15 2TS.