I n t e r a c t i v e a r t
cut and woven canvases ...
essence of my art work is interaction; visual and sometimes physical.
Many of my canvases are cut & twisted, or woven, enabling striking
visual changes to become apparent as the viewer moves around the
room. Being three dimensional, changing light in the room affects
the dynamics in different ways than in a static image.
Living with the works, people have expressed that they often see
something new in them, which sees them delighting in not taking
them for granted.
Nature and the elements are my main themes. I am interested in
what makes human life meaningful, and what it is about existance
that weaves us together as people and as part of the natural world.
On a different note, my solo exhibition, Spirituality in the
Public Domain, explored the theme, involving the community
in physical interactions with the works: they contributed their
own written prayers, blessings and messages, with the paintings
acting as receptacles of positive thought. I started with my own
thoughts, hidden in painted layers or scrawled on the back of
the canvas, or on the stretchers.
has been my full time work since 1987. I remain business partner
with friend, David Antony Clark, sound engineer. David moved with
our recording studio to Auckland. We continue adding to our catalogue
for our record company, Universal Children's Audio. In 2009
I began writing and performing adult contemporary songs as Baby
Boomer Girl - a striking genre-change from the early 'soft-styled'
albums I composed for the White Cloud label, shown on this site.
I focused on painting in 2004 for a solo show, my first exhibition,
at Pataka in 2005. My last show was at the Twin Kilns, in the Whanganui
Open Studios event, 2016. I continue to paint and create music.
Kindergarten teaching was my first profession. I studied fine arts
in Otago, then left to study yoga and meditation (hence my Sanskrit
name). I've served on the Trust board of Virtues Project New
Zealand for many years, developing bilingual resources for New
Zealand and recording A Pace of Grace to accompany the book
of the same name by Canadian Author, Linda Kavelin Popov and endorsed
by the Dalai Lama.
My time of late has been taken up with settling in Levin, a small
country town, where my husband, Charles, and I have built a home
based on sustainalbe principals and surrounded by a newly established
organic garden. We built an additional cottage, The Bach at the
Patch, which may be hired as accomodation via Book-a-Bach.
Radha Sahar, The Patch, 45a Fairfield Rd, Levin, New Zealand
Tel: 027 539 9971 e-mail: