'If silence is golden, Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck is a bank' says Nicola Bozzi. 'Her work, ranging across all sorts of media, is always infused with an attention for space, a heritage of her years as an architecture student. It deals with the immaterial, but also with chance. If silence is a place of intimacy, free from the incursions of the outside environment, the accidents that break it are meaningful, enigmatic, chaotic events storming their way into our world. Sound - or lack thereof - is then only one of the dimensions of her installations, consisting primarily in a fragile and intimate experience to cherish and keep to ourselves. In the shape of minimal container cubes, silk-screened vinyl discs, wooden structures or documentary photography, her works almost always imply an interaction with the viewers.'
- Artslant: The Slant on Sarah van Sonsbeeck, by Nicola Bozzi, November 2010
When in Münster, visiting the 'Skulptur Projecte 2017', Sarah van Sonsbeeck collected a branch she found next to a Giuseppe Penone sculpture (of a bronze branch). She then decided to cast the branch, in which process the original wood gets lost, working afterward on the bronze copy using several types of paint and acids to make it look like the original. The process raises questions about the context, when an object becomes art and how (dis)placing it affects it, challenging the concern for authenticity. It can also be read as a homage to Penone.