Sarah Biggs

Limited Edition Publication

Since her debut exhibition with Barnard Gallery in 2015, Sarah Biggs has maintained an on-going fascination with the relationship between the human subject and the natural world, with each new body of work seeing a new evolution, expansion, or reimagining of this relationship, this inter-dependence. 2015’s Further Afield presented small figures overwhelmed by vast landscapes in order to explore the dynamic relationship field researchers have to the land they survey, finding a wry humour in the way these figures seek to measure the immeasurable, in the unavoidable intrusion of subjectivity into objective pursuits. 2017’s Waiting for Rain zoomed in on these figures and expanded the contemplation of this subjectivity, presenting closer portraits of scientists and field researchers, observing the tenderness as well as the uncertainty involved in their search for meaning. Biggs’ new body of work, Gathering Dust, pushes even further into that subjectivity, inviting the viewer not to observe others searching, but to embody the search themselves. The exhibition represents a daring shift from observation to immersion, from macro to micro, from knowing to feeling. 
In 2017 Barnard published a hard cover limited-edition book on the work of Sarah Biggs that was subsequently added to the special library collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This signed and editioned publication with a scholarly text by Charis de Kock is available from the gallery. For further information or to purchase a copy please contact

July 19, 2019