Eldars' work examines and conceptualises social-political, cultural and environmental issues which she makes intuitively and spontaneously using different techniques and materials. Place and identity, fragility of the landscape and of the human beings within a landscape, the Refugee crisis in particular resonates and she has been making works in both 2 and 3d that address these charged issues that resonate with some of her own personal experiences of turmoil in the middle East and work with charities helping refugees.
Combining found objects, recycling and re-appropriating items such as single children's lost shoe as a starting point, or turning recycled sheets into a Moses basket in a piece called ‘I Will Return’ filled with handmade and marked clay tokens that she made which represent tokens that were left by mothers who had to gave up their babies, who would have otherwise been abandoned on the streets. These mothers gave up their children because they could not look after them or feed them. It was a matter of survival and many of these tokens were a representation of the mothers’ love and care.
Eldars also paints large seascapes and landscapes, these important spaces, under threat at times and sanctuaries at other times particularly in an escalating migrant and refugee crisis. As a diver too, Eldars sees firsthand the devastation pollution is being done to our seas. These landscapes allows her to express feelings and emotions freely and impulsively, telling stories with bold messy shapes, lines, and bright vivid colours.
Her work is physical, material and energetic, with deliberate strokes and mark making, abstracting and transporting her emotions and thoughts onto paper, canvas or installations investigating cultural, social and environmental issues. Influenced by her upbringing in Egypt, her love for the Red Sea as well as the Kentish countryside, where she is currently living.
Over the last 30 years, she has worked in the creative and graphic design industries in various capacities. Since 2016, she has been focusing her on visual arts practice.Tutoring mixed media workshops has recently become a passion and she has been invited as a guest tutor to various art groups as well as running her own mixed media workshops which are held at Hever Castle Golf Club in Kent.
She mainly works out of her studio in Sevenoaks part of Second Floor Studios, is a member of Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum and has exhibited in group exhibitions at the kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks, No Format Gallery in Deptford and Art in Kent open studios at Jessops Farm Studios.
She is one of the founding members of Jessops Farm Gallery (JFG) at Jessops Farm Studios, Chiddingstone, Kent, This group was set up to encourage art in the community and for established and aspiring artists to be able to showcase their work.
Most recently, Sally has also created an unconventional gallery 'The Open Dresser Gallery' to be able to curate and showcase artists work in a unique and unconventional way and outside the confined spaces of traditional galleries. The aim of which is to promote art and artists in the community and beyond.