I see urban spaces as interesting places of accumulated meanings, layers of materials over time, always changing and in a state of flux. I try to defend this description of urban space through my work, (re-)creating a field of accumulated meanings through the physical application of materials, each layer a temporary interpretation of the landscape.
I am especially intrigued by how inhabitants interact with built urban structures, exploring what it means, looks and feels like to be ‘on the grid’. We so often seek to physically escape the grid, where being ‘off’ the grid is traditionally seen as morally, spiritually and aesthetically better than being ‘on’ the grid. I find that in terms of regional and national identity, we often avoid the grittier urban elements of our culture, preferring rest on quaint Maritimisms (sailboats and fisherfolk), believing that Canadian identity is inextricably linked to mythologies surrounding the Group of Seven and the Canadian wilderness. I try to focus my work on Canadian/Maritime urban life.
Sarah would like to acknowledge the current and past generous support of ArtsNB.