The Brisbane Floods made us realise how much beautiful stock we have accumulated in the first six months of opening, including nine beautiful Rachael Sarra paintings. These are now available online.
From late February to early March 2022, Brisbane suffered an extraordinary weather event with significant “rain bomb” that produced an enormous amount of water, equal to 80% of the annual rainfall within in a 4 day period. Aboriginal Art Co store was in the flood zone, so, as a precaution, we took all of our possessions upstairs. Luckily, the flood waters only reached our doorstep and didn’t get inside the building, never-the-less, this was a huge disruption to our business and we closed our doors for a week to reset the gallery.
During this reset, we realised how much beautiful stock we have accumulated, including some Rachael Sarra paintings from her solo exhibition last year. We got in touch with Rachael and she has kindly allowed us to do a special online release of her 30 x 30cm paintings that we had in our stock room.
Rachael is a prolific creative and primarily works in digital spaces. She has her own range of merchandise with her signature pink palette and has collaborated with many businesses; How We Roll toilet paper, Matrix Australia hair products, Peggy and Finn underwear and accessories, Hey Tiger Co chocolate, tbh skincare, Hardie Grant book and puzzles and the very sort after Concrete Jelly earrings. She has work on Brisbane City Council buses and large murals on the side of buildings and done a huge amount of design work for corporate clients, government and community organisations.
These small paintings are unique and rare and we had the opportunity to interview Rachael Sarra to learn more about her world and why these paintings are so special to her.
You have an impressive online social media following, but for the readers that don’t know you yet, tell us about yourself.
RS: I’m a proud mixed-raced Goreng Goreng/Italian and Australian multi-disciplinary artist, designer, author, illustrator and speaker based in Meanjin (Brisbane QLD).
You are such a dynamic business woman! How do you describe your business?
RS: Rachael Sarra is my name and Sar.ra is my business name. My brand is unique and evolving. It’s a multifaceted e-commerce meets serviced-based business that’s primary focus and outcome is the resolution of themes I often grapple with as a mixed raced artist walking in two/three worlds, delivered through products and design.
Tell us about your latest body of artwork.
RS: This body of work is an extension of my first sold out solo show, State of Transition. In a natural succession Turning of the tides | The slow undercurrent of change explores the pressure I’ve felt over the last 18th months mentally, physically and spiritually and how I have found comfort, inspiration and a sense of belonging through our natural landscapes, which, for over 60,000 years have felt this same friction yet remain beautiful and an important anchor in time.
We know you as a vibrant and colourful woman who expresses herself freely and wears her heart on her sleeve. Through social media, you bring a lot of attention to important issues. You are an open book and people really seem to connect with your stories and perspectives.
You create a lot of born-digital art, why did you decide to create these physical paintings?
RS: For this show I really wanted to celebrate texture and touch and the magic that is created by pigment sweeping across the canvas. This same feeling isn’t achieved in my digital work so it was really special to be able to create these works. I only create a few acrylic works like this per year, so I have a special connection with each piece as they have come from a really raw place in my practice.
Thank you so much for sharing your story. What is on the horizon for Sar.ra?
RS: Aside from mindfully resting and resetting, there is a lot in store that I’m excited about. I’ve been working on a few exciting collaborations that are due to launch in the next few months, I’m working towards my new print and product range, and finally I’m really pushing myself out of my comfort zone on an exciting project that is taking me longer than I expected… But it is special! Stay tuned.
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