Sarah Woodfine

Sarah Woodfine 'Recipe for a kiss of shame' photo: Thierry Bal


In the library we find Sarah Woodfine’s Recipe for a kiss of shame. Informed by books in the Mansion collection, the work is a series of three-dimensional drawings, arranged along and underneath a bespoke table. The artist was inspired by Tatton’s botanical collections and the information the library houses on Solanaceous, or mind-altering, plants. Her drawings build links between local witches’ covens, botany and potion-making. Small details surfaced in Sarah’s research about flying ointments, which are to be rubbed on the skin in order to enable flight. But with no clear guidance or details to follow, the artist has elected to make her own recipe for flight.


Sarah Woodfine studied at the Royal Academy Schools from1991-1995. Group shows include: ‘What The Folk Say’, Compton Verney, 2011; ‘House and Home’, Harewood House 2009; ‘The Beguiling…’, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, 2008; ‘Drawing Inspiration’, Abbot Hall Gallery, 2006; ‘Only Make-Believe’, Compton Verney, 2005 and ‘The Real Idea’l, Sheffield Millennium Gallery, 2005. Solo shows include: ‘Somewhere’, Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway, 2007. In 2006 she produced the Artangel ‘Nights of London’ Interaction Project ‘When Night Draws In’. In 2004 she won the Jerwood Drawing Prize and her work is held in various public and private collections including London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway.