b. 1986, HK.


What is the role, the power, the future of the female body? What is femininity? Should the female body be an ideal? And how has this quest for the ideal become an act of violence? These are all questions that Sarra Badel explores in her work, weaving herself as the subject into a series of mixed media pieces and wall-based installations. Sarra uses imagery around the female body, often associated with artificial attributes. The synthetic slickness of the objects confuses us with what looks natural and what looks artificial. Make-up, fake eyelashes, hair extensions, nail varnish, are strange, in-between, awkward things that have the power to transform the subject with the promise of a better, more beautiful self. Her references shift from the body to the domestic place with the use of wallpaper and often elements of furniture to bring the viewer into a familiar and intimate setting. Sarra Badel graduated in 2017 with an MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and has a BA in Fine Art from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University.


Exhibitions :

Upcoming: Nov 2019 Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize, London

Sweeter Than Candy On A Stick, 67 Great Titchfield Street, Soho, London

The Mother of All Vices, 5th Base Gallery, London

MAFA Degree Show - Chelsea College of Art, London MAFA Interim Show - Chelsea College of Art, London

Noiseless Matter, GRAD Gallery, London

Raven Art Society, London Eighteen Percent, Castor Gallery, New York

Eleven, Battersea, London

Secret Cinema: The Shawshank Redemption, London BA Fine Art End of Year Show, The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design, London

Exhibitionism, Commercial Road, London HNC End of Year Show, Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Gallery, London Not just a blank canvas, Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Gallery, London