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Rewilding solo exhibition by Canadian Artist Sarah Carlson

ReWilding at Graven Feather, Toronto

By | 2016 | No Comments

Thank you to everyone who came out to last night’s opening for ReWilding!  It was truly a night of great hangouts with amazing friends, both new and old.

This series of immersive paintings and installation connects the concepts of habitat restoration and human rehabilitation. ReWilding positions the Canadian landscape as a site for questioning and (re)imagining relationships between humans and the natural world.


Solo Exhibition will run from April 6 – May 1.

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday (12-6pm), Sunday (12 – 5pm)


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Sarah Carlson art at Boxcar Social Toronto Art

Art Exhibitions: Muskoka – Oakville + Toronto

By | 2016 | No Comments

After a successful show at the Algonquin Theatre in Muskoka, my work has been installed in two solo shows within the Toronto area.

Aroma cafe in downtown Oakville is exhibiting a selection of my encaustic pieces along side large canvases and works from my Within Grain series.

Boxcar Social bar/cafe is featuring my recent series in a show titled Hybrid Habitat.  The art reception for this show is on Thursday, February 18 at 7pm.  Boxcar Social is located at 1208 Yonge Street in Summerhill, Toronto. The public reception will last until 12am, so feel free to stop by anytime!

Check out the Facebook Event Page to rsvp

Can Serrat Artist Residency at Catalonia International Art Centre, Barcelona

By | 2015 | No Comments

In July, I was an artist-in-residence 45 km outside of Barcelona within Montserrat National Park. Can Serrat is a converted farmhouse for artists and writers to focus on their practice within the beautiful setting of Montserrat mountain.

The purpose of my self-directed residency was to develop artistic themes related to human-environment interaction through field research and material experimentation.

The “serrated mountain” is a crossroads for religious pilgrims, rock climbers and artists alike. “Peak-experiences” or unforgettable epiphanies, as Abraham Maslow describes, are of particular interest to me and Montserrat proved to be an excellent site for exploring this. My research led me to explore plein air painting while rock climbing, document mountain features with rock rubbings, wild camp in a cave and build relationships with the people of El Bruc. My field research was realized through interview notes, plein air paintings and video footage later used for an installation.

Another focus of my residency was to play with the landscape painting tradition through installation. The combination of projected video, a 360-degree map, climbing equipment and stones from the mountain facilitated an immersive experience where the subject, participant and media are not defined, but rather a fluid landscape of light, shadow and contour. In this, questions of connection to place, ownership and identity begin to assist in reimagining our relationship to the natural world. This piece was installed for our Open Studio in late July.

I am truly thankful for my time of growth at Can Serrat, and for all the incredible artists and adventurers I met there. This residency gifted me with unlimited freedom to rethink my creative process and bring clarity moving forward. I am also very grateful to Can Serrat for the support stipend awarded upon acceptance as this truly made this endeavour possible.

Toronto Artist Residency at Graven Feather

By | 2015 | No Comments

A central focus during my Graven Feather Artist Residency was creating the Woodswomen print series. Inspired by fairly insular illustrations found in topographic maps, canoe and climbing guidebooks, it became important for me to create images of strong females engaged in wilderness activities.  This involved rendering my drawings in ink, scanning and editing in adobe illustrator, getting the images made in polymer, sourcing and cutting maple veneer, and printing on the letterpress and proofing press at Graven Feather. Acrylic paint details were added both before and after the printing stage.

Canadian artist Sarah Carlson exhibits her work at Within Grain Solo Show

Within Grain Exhibition in St. Catharines

By | 2014 | No Comments

Rise Above Restaurant is hosting my Within Grain exhibition from June 6 – August 29. Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening! Rise Above definitely knows how to host a good party.

Within Grain Exhibition Statement:
A deep respect for the land permeated the teachings and experiences exchanged during my stay as a learner, teacher and friend of the beautiful Stoney Nakoda people of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. This painting series explores the interconnectedness of the created world, blurring the lines between the medium and the message in incorporating the woodgrain of the panel into the composition. As the Creator guides our steps, the grain of the fir nudges my brushwork and shapes the painting of the animal or landscape with the leading of natural contours. The preservation of Canadian wilderness is an ever-present stimulus in my work. As I dance between the positive and negative spaces within each composition, the allusive transition between animal, line and wood speaks to the vulnerability of our wild spaces.

Wolf Lake Project Research Trip Video by Canadian artist Sarah Carlson

Wolf Lake Project Research Trip

By | 2013 | No Comments

Research is critical for the artistic process. I will be creating a painting series inspired by my time in the beautiful, and endangered ecosystem of Wolf Lake. This video features photographs and sketches from the autumn visit, and will serve as a jumping off point for my Wolf Lake Project painting series.

Wolf Lake is in the middle of the world’s largest contiguous ancient red pine forest, of which only 1.2% remain of their former extent. While in 1999, the government of Ontario committed to protect the Wolf Lake pine forest, mining claims and leases surround the lake, and have recently been renewed for the next 21 year term.

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Stay tuned for details about my upcoming art series, as well as the traveling art show & online auction this spring, 2013.