Sara Morawetz

yet there is method

yet there is method is part of an ongoing visual and philosophical investigation into the methodological processes that underpin scientific action. It is an exploration of the way in which the systems and structures of the scientific method have come to define scientific experience, and how these same systems operate within my artistic practice. Realised as part of a residency with Culture at Work, these works survey concepts of method in science through repetitive gestures — representing a number of distinct conceptual inquiries into the experience of science, both as a way of thinking and as a mode of working. This exhibition is a documentation of both completed and experimental works, and incorporates a performative action that will continue for the duration of the show during the opening hours of the gallery.

Artist in Residence at Culture at Work October – November 2014
Exhibition and daily performance Thursday to Sunday 11am to 5pm, from Thursday 6 – Saturday 15 November 2014
Artist talk and drinks Saturday 15 November 2014 3-5pm.
Accelerator Gallery 6 Scott Street Pyrmont NSW 2009

Sara Morawetz is a Ph.D. candidate in visual arts at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and a current visiting scholar at Parsons school of Fine Art, New School, New York.

Sara is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores intersections between art, science, philosophy and methodology. She graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Art (Photomedia) Honours First Class and have been the recipient of numerous awards including Dobell Foundation Scholarship, University of Sydney Honours Scholarship and the Chancellor Committee Scholarship and  has also attended the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland as part of an international exchange program in my honours year. In 2005 she was awarded Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship which she used to undertake an Artist Residency with Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China (2006) and an Audience Development and Arts Management program in New York City in 2008.


My research explores the intersections between Art and Science with specific interest in the influence of scientific methodology, philosophy and aesthetics in conceptual art practice. Deriving from the core principles of science my work examines experimental investigation as a way of thinking and mode of working – engaging with the philosophy of science as a means of critically and conceptually interpreting scientific constructs. !The aim of my work is to develop a scientific method within my arts-based practice. I believe that there is a strong philosophical relationship between the arts and the sciences, exemplified by the common themes of experimentation, documentation, the development of hypothesis and the rigorous testing of ideas. I believe that the aspirations of an artist are not so dissimilar to that of scientists – there is a search for truth, understanding – a discovery of the world in new terms. Practitioners of both fields share the desire to quantify and categorise – to measure and to know. Many may work a lifetime before discovering what they are in search of – and some may never find it – merely contributing to a concept much greater than themselves. Theirs is a pursuit of mysteries, riddles – the unknown. My interest in science is, at its essence, the same as what has always been my interest in art – the way that theoretical discourse translates to action. I find great fascination in the underlying methodology of science – of how lofty notions of proof and logic are commanded by the theoretical scientist to derive elegant solutions to their investigations – of how rigorous and meticulous methods are used by the experimental scientist to catalogue and characterise their study of the natural world. Despite obvious differences, these seemingly disparate modes of work stem from the same underlying application of the scientific method – a guided and controlled system that imbues the results and outcomes with a sense of authenticity and truth – traits often sought by the artist in the creation of their work. !The objective of my visual research is to develop an arts-based system of inquiry inspired by the scientific method and the philosophy on which it is built. Part of my work to date has been a series of conceptual experiments exploring abstracted philosophical concerns of science. Each work is designed to test a specific scientific rationale or philosophical construct and create a visual interpretation as experimental results.Thus far this series of works has drawn on abstract notions of inductive reasoning, mathematics as language and systems of standardisation, generating a collection of drawings and sculptures. This investigation is also intended to explore concepts inherent within.