Sarah Entwistle was born in London in 1979 and lives in Berlin.
Trained as an architect with earlier studies in Anthropology, she employs the architectural practices of 'bricolage' and ‘spolia’ to create assemblages reminiscent of the staged displays of a mise en scene. Referencing the domestic artifice of the architectural trade fair and case study houses from the mid 20th century. With her work Entwistle uses material re-purposing, and transfiguration of parts to explore fabrication in its entire meaning: to construct, forge and make, but also a falsehood, an invention, a fiction. Often working in collaboration with specialist craftswoman to produce one-off studies and singular pieces to be re configured in each new setting and iteration.
The broader project pivots around an inter-generational and posthumous collaboration begun in 2012 with her late grandfather and fellow architect, Clive Entwistle [1916-1976], whom she never met. Drawing in ideas offered by Carl Jung on synchronicity, by Levi-Strauss on 'bricolage-biography' and psychologist Murray Bowen on ‘multi generational transmission’ all of which offer clues to a broader exploration of chance, identity and family mythology.
Sarah Entwistle studied at the Bartlett School, UCL and the Architectural Association, London, where she subsequently taught a design unit. Her solo show In Short, in Theory and with a Bit of Luck, 2012, at the Architectural Association marked the beginning of her project exploring the legacy of her grandfather, the architect and polymath, Clive Entwistle. She is the 2014 recipient of the Le Corbusier Foundation Grant for Visual Artists and in 2015 presented a solo exhibition, He was my father and I an atom destined to grow into him, at the Le Corbusier foundation in Paris. The exhibition coincided with the publication of her experimental biography, Please send this book to my mother, Sternberg Press, 2015. She was the recipient of the Graham foundation for the advanced studies in fine art, Chicago, publication and production grant in 2014. She is 2017 recipient of the Artists International Development Fund, Arts Council England for which she is developing an ambitious site specific installation for the Zevaco House, Casablanca, in collaboration with curator Salma Lahlou.