My name is Siân Barlow.

I am an artist.

I came to Wales as a baby, and have since made my life and home here. I am from a mixed English and Mauritian ethnic heritage. My identity is marked by a sense of profound belonging here, and at the same time by discontinuity and separation. I deeply value, and am grateful for, the gifts of the Welsh language and culture, but I also have a sense in which my identity is precarious and complex.

I make my work in various different media, traditional and non-traditional.

I enjoy making artists’ books. They are books about how we are in the world, and about how we can be when we are at our best. They are about how we perceive and imagine; and about the joy, vulnerability and intensity of giving open attention to the world around us. They ask questions, leaving answers open.

A book is an object which creates its own space and rhythm. It is also an object which can create a change. My work is an offering to you, to create a space, an opening. You and I have much in common: we are here in the amazing, complex, painful and beautiful world, right now in this moment.

You can find my work on the projects page of this website. You can also subscribe to my blog or my Instagram if you’d like to join me on the journey.

Jar of small joys 2020