Sara Hartland-Rowe

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I am a painter working with site-based installation, public-art commissions and painting in works that describe human activity within the context of a beautiful, unknowable universe.

There is a foundation of drawing in my work that is about specifics of observation. I am interested in what anthropologist Marcel Mauss calls ‘the techniques of the body’, the unconscious, learned movements that mark people’s sense of gender, culture and identity. I attend to the way human beings communicate with one another through minute shifts of gesture and expression, often without knowing they are doing so. I use these little narratives as building-blocks within imaginary, often playful worlds in which tiny, hapless figures must address an engulfing universe (What are days for? 2000, Last Judgement, 2003, New York Drawing, 2009, Sparrow in Midwinter, 2015; All colours come from the sun, 2015; Sparrow 2, 2016, all large-scale site-based wall-paintings).

As well, I am absorbed with colour, specifically with looking at the spaces in between objects where form is indefinitive but colour becomes, as Michael Taussig describes it, ‘a polymorphous magical substance’. In my most recent work I am looking for the fulcrum point between the flash of perception that occurs before naming begins, and the moment just afterwards when one recognises form. To do so is an effortful process of resisting the shortcuts of ‘everyday’ vision.

Both modes of working are concerned with the relationship between things and perceptions of the world, and the possibility of seeing-before-language that undoes familiar codes of meaning. Through this process, I feel I draw closer to the questions that have concerned me from the beginning: what can the things around us tell us who we are, and can this help to understand why we are here?

Artist Statement Courtesy of Sara Hartland-Rowe

Sara Hartland-Rowe, Bridge Terminal Art
Video: Halifax Regional Municipality

 

Sara Hartland-Rowe, Halifax Bridge Terminal Art Installation Time Lapse
Video: Halifax Regional Municipality

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