Sarah Ball’s works are intricate and diminutive painted portraits concerned with identity.
Her work has explored Alphone Bertillon’s notions of physiognomy – a 19th C perception that there was a connection between an individual’s outward appearance and their inner character. Bertillon, a French police officer applied anthropological techniques to law enforcement and created an identification system based on physical measurements.
Her latest exhibition (‘Immigrants’, Anima-Mundi 2015) was a response to the migration crisis and concerned with identity and nationality. For this she worked closely with the archive at Ellis Island, NY and The Costica Ascinte Archive, Romania.