The Raft by Sarah Anne Johnson
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Face-mounted to 1/8th inch non-glare plexi and mounted to "Sintra"
Signed and editioned, in ink, au mount verso
Printed in 2005
Edition of 10 (#3/10)
Sarah Anne Johnson uses photography as a base for manipulation to fabricate an image that expresses not just a moment in time, but the feelings she has towards the subject. Adding materials such as paints, re-touching inks, glitter, as well as incorporating burning, scratching, and gouging, each photograph is a unique attempt to make visual what is felt by the artist about each work. Ms. Johnson has created six major bodies of work, all of which have been exhibited broadly.
Johnson was born in 1976 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba and completed her MFA at The Yale School of Art. Johnson’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and is included in several distinguished collections. Currently, she lives in Winnipeg. She is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York, Stephen Bulger in Toronto, and Division Gallery in Montreal.
This photograph is from Sarah Anne Johnson’s series, “Tree Planting”:
“Tree Planting is a record of my summers spent in northern Canada in which I engaged in the communal activity of reforesting as a means of income. In this project, I combine straight photographs with photographs recording “tableaux” scenes I created with small sculptural figures set in a fabricated landscape. These vignettes extend beyond the photographs I took during my summers in rural Manitoba, illustrating what I experienced both visually and emotionally. I conceived of the project as an installation, forming a large narrative displayed on curved walls.”
House Work - Border Crossing, 2018
WONDERLAND: SARAH ANNE JOHNSON @ CAM RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - Juxtapoz, 2015
Sarah in Wonderland: Sarah Anne Johnson - Border Crossing, 2011
Jerry Saltz’s Want-to-Sees - New York Magazine, 2009
Fall Guide: Sarah Anne Johnson Conjures a Mind-Control Centre - The Village Voice, 2009