Rewilding solo exhibition by Canadian Artist Sarah Carlson

ReWilding at Graven Feather, Toronto

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Sarah Carlson Solo Show at Whole Foods Market

Rural Encounters at Whole Foods Market

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Sarah Carlson shows encaustic paintings at Whole Foods Market

Sarah Carlson’s solo show titled Rural Encounters is on at Whole Foods Market (Oakville) from January 25 – March 22. A public reception will be held on Thursday, February 12 (6 – 8pm) where light refreshments will be served.  During the reception, Sarah will demonstrate her encaustic painting technique.

Sarah Carlson in Winter Emerging Artist Show at Gallery 1313

2015 Winter Emerging Artist Exhibition in Toronto

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Sarah Carlson in Winter Emerging Artist Exhibition 2015, Gallery 1313

The 2015 Winter Emerging Artist Exhibition at Toronto’s Gallery 1313 is on from January 21 – February 1. Sarah’s pieces “Ta Mnoga” and “Ta Taga” were featured alongside other contemporary Canadian works. The gallery’s director Phil Anderson is curator of the show.