Situated in non-specific yet decidedly natural landscapes, Burwash depicts figures experiencing the spectrum of life: creation, destruction, rest, play, curiosity, sorrow, exhilaration, and death. Landscapes that appear as outlying settlements in which the artist researches the realm of physical and emotional experience, including struggle, hard work, failure and vulnerability. These dreamlike environments celebrate and question a range of gendered interests and identities, with undertones of humour, fantasy and performance. Nature perseveres irregardless of its hardships, a disjunctive labyrinth to traverse in search of a meaningful path. Burwash’s intricate cut-and-paste style within a flattened pictorial space reflects her inclination towards the tactile and rudimentary in contrast to virtual languages that saturate us.
Sarah Burwash grew in up in Rossland, B.C. and graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2009 with an interdisciplinary BFA. Working in a variety of media from drawing and animation, to ceramics and installation, Burwash’s work most often takes form in narrative watercolour paintings. Her work is included in private and public collections internationally and has been shown in Canada, USA and in Europe. She has participated in residencies internationally, most recent at Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West Experimental Cabins in Joshua Tree, CA . Burwash lives in Northern Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, working as an artist, illustrator and steward of the boreal forest.