Sarah completed a BA (Hons) in Art Practice and was supported by WSC Education Opportunity Trust to travel to the island of Socotra
Sarah said “In March 2022, I travelled to the island of Socotra, an island in the Indian ocean that lies off the coast of Yemen and Somalia. There were many reasons why I wanted to visit this isolated place. Firstly, it has a high number of endemic species of flora and fauna that are at risk due to various reasons, including climate change, and a fascinating history of some of these plants being an important source of valuable incense that supplied the Greek and Roman Empires.
Secondly, the Socotri language is preliterate. A rich history of reciting poetry and storytelling amongst Socotri people, coupled with stories of spirits and magical creatures, sparked my creative interest as a rich source of material for my illustration work. “
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