Sarah Nind

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Sarah Nind’s photo-based artwork incorporates painting, digital technology and installation, and addresses memory, displacement, and dichotomy. Nind creates images that are real and fictional, evocative and emotional. The juxtaposition of media in Nind’s work confronts our understanding of seemingly disparate visual systems, ultimately questioning how we structure a world that is chaotic and undefined using the visual language of images.

Sarah Nind looks at urbanity and our relationship to the constructed environment in which we live. Contemporary photographs appear lost in a moment of time and the locations depicted are not always apparent. This allows the work to probe the viewer, forcing one to consider how images can manipulate memory and the perception of reality, as the juxtaposition of fragmented images work to trigger fragments of memory.

BIO

Sarah Nind’s photo-based artwork incorporates painting, digital technology and installation, and addresses memory, displacement, and dichotomy. Nind creates images that are real and fictional, evocative and emotional. The juxtaposition of media in her work confronts our understanding of seemingly disparate visual systems, ultimately questioning how we structure a world that is chaotic and undefined using the visual language of images.

Sarah Nind attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1979. In 1994, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from York University in Toronto and has since completed her Doctorate at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland. Most recently, Nind has completed a three year residency in Beijing, China. Nind has exhibited extensively through Canada, the United States and abroad, including China, Switzerland and Israel. She has shown and been collected by the National Gallery of Canada and is in the permanent collections of the Tom Thompson Memorial Gallery, the Prague House of Photography in Czechoslovakia, and the Elvehjem Museum of Art in Wisconsin among others. As an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Nind has also been named to the National Gallery of Canada’s artist advisory committee on the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa.

Nind’s artwork looks at urbanity and our relationship to the constructed environment in which we live. Contemporary photographs appear lost in a moment of time and the locations depicted are not always apparent. This allows the work to probe the viewer, forcing one to consider how images can manipulate memory and the perception of reality, as the juxtaposition of fragmented images work to trigger fragments of memory.

Of her photography the Toronto based critic Ian Carr-Harris states: “Nind is well-known for forging her own hybrid, that between painting and photography, and this has pro¬duced a series of stunningly beautiful, subtly evocative investigations into the borderline between the form of things in the world and the colours of our perception. Nind has locked the two together—form and colour, real and perceived—at their material base, and in the process developed a viscerally different experience of what it is to apprehend an image.”

Rather than being a dramatic narrative, Sarah Nind’s photography questions history, the construction of time as a lineal process and the distinction between the real and the virtual.

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