Sarah Lightman

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Dr. Sarah Lightman is an artist and writer and an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She attended the Slade School of Art for her BA and MFA, where she won The Slade Prize, The William Coldstream Award and The Slade Life Drawing Prize. She has a PhD from University of  Glasgow in women’s autobiographical comics. She edited the first book on Jewish women and comics,  Graphic Details (McFarland 2014), that was awarded The Koppelman Prize (2015) and The Will Eisner Award (2015), and a Schnitzer   Award (2016).  Her graphic novel, The Book of Sarah (Myriad Editions and Penn State UP 2019), has been shortlisted for a 2019 British Book Design & Production Award (2019) and The Communication Arts Award (2020). She has had solo shows at The Knapp Gallery (2020), Koppel Soho (2019), Occupy My Time Gallery (2013), and The New Hall Art Collection (2010) as well as numerous group shows including The House of Illustration, Jewish Museum London and The Cartoon Museum London.

On drawing

Drawing is how I digest my life, and where I express my feelings .

In a world where I  can find myself lost and silenced, my drawings are where I can both speak, and hear myself.

I am anchored by my pencil marks on the page.

When I am drawings my stories,  I can take control of my life on the page, I narrate my experiences on my own terms, and I make my own meaning from the pains and pleasures of living.

Sarah Lightman