barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Sarah Taylor Silverwood


The city and its relationship between humans and architecture are the starting point for Sarah Taylor Silverwoods finely detailed drawings and text-based works.

Living City refers to the 19th-century idea of the ‘flaneur’ – someone who walks the streets of the city in order to experience it – and the writings of the literary masters such as Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin, as well as contemporary comic books.

These delicate and intimate drawings are presented alongside the in-depth research that informs them, including the artist’s maps and sketchbooks, and historical texts, all of which explore our complex and ever-changing relationship with the metropolis.

Sarah Taylor Silverwood is currently artist-in-residence at the University of Birmingham. See website for more information.


Above image:© Sarah Taylor Silverwood, Birmingham Skyline, 2012.


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