The artwork of the award winning artist Sarah Maple, is bold, brave, mischievous and can be wildly controversial.
In a Guardian interview about her art book of the same title 'You Could have Done This', Sarah reflected on her recent show that included a self-portrait of her in a hijab smoking a cigarette and, in another, cuddling a pig.
"That’s the one that got the main abuse. Someone threw a brick through my window. Then I started getting death threats."
Sarah challenges notions of identity, religion and the status quo. Much of her inspiration originates from being brought up as a Muslim, with parents of mixed religious and cultural backgrounds.
Sarah Maple has a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University, 2007. That same year she won Saatchi Gallery's New Sensations Award for emerging artists.
In 2015 she released her first book, You Could Have Done This, a hardback of selected artworks. In 2018, alongside Yayoi Kusama, Barbara Kruger and Linder Sterling, she created a limited edition cover for the Harper’s Bazaar Art Issue.
Sarah's work has been the subject of documentaries for ARTE and VPRO and others. In 2015, she was awarded the Sky Academy Arts scholarship from Sky Arts. In 2017 she talked at Tedx, Birmingham on the importance of free speech in The Freedom To Be Challenged.
Her artwork, film and performances have been exhibited internationally including Tate Britain and The Baltic & New Art Exchange. Her work is also in the permanent collections of Soho House, The Hyman Collection, The Ned and others.