Sarah Pettitt (b.1978, UK) is an artist based in London and New York. Her work interrogates painting’s history, materiality and presentation, embracing process-orientated methods to construct surfaces which seek to evoke empathy. Her research includes examining pre-modern artistic modalities, and the notion of the absent body, to explore non-visual representations of pain. Recent works attempt to fuse the environment and body as a sites of silent anguish. She has exhibited across the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2013 she was awarded the Clare Winsten Memorial Award and in 2016 was invited to be Honorary Materials Research Associate at the Slade in conjunction with University College London on a research project The Tyranny of Surface. In 2018 she co-curated a special project with Norte Maar at the artist-led art fair SPRING / BREAK, New York. She holds an MA in Fine Art Painting from the Slade School of Art (2013) and BA in Fine Art Painting from Norwich School of Art (2000).