Since their arrival in Downtown Oakville in August 2014, Aroma Espresso Bar has quickly become a top destination for those wishing to enjoy local art and photography (along with an espresso and a pastry). Utilizing the walls as gallery space for local artists is a wonderful way to expose customers to the abundant creative talent in this community, and it also provides a much needed venue for local artists to showcase their work.
One of these artists is SARAH CARLSON (b. 1987), a plein air and studio based artist whose practice takes place in both urban and wild spaces. She completed her Honours BFA at York University in 2009. Her art combines representation with abstraction by way of an explorative approach. From found and repurposed objects to time-based media, weathered walls and studio prepared canvas and wood, Sarah’s work embraces a play between the organic and man-made. Her paintings both reveal and mask, as she employs a variety of painterly techniques to describe both flat and three-dimensional planes.
Thematically, for Sarah, the wilderness is more than something to be mapped and defined, it is an opportunity for questioning and a site for (re)imaginging relationships between humans and nature. Often pairing organic, geological or painterly figurations with geometric, linear and synthetic forms, Sarah blurs spatial boundaries and arranges seemingly opposing ideas into a new hybrid environment.
Her compositions are regularly rooted in studies and field research completed in both remote and urban-rural fringe spaces critical in the field of conservation. These notes, illustrations and plein air paintings inform her creation of large-scale work in the studio. Her current practice presents accounts of human-wilderness encounters with themes of growth, decay, symbiosis and regeneration.
You can see Sarah’s work on display at Aroma Espresso Bar in Downtown Oakville throughout the month of February, 2016.
Aroma Espresso Bar – 321 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON