“So much of what most people think of as nature (gardens, parks, fields and forests) has been created by humans, or is the by-product of human activity. There is a tendency in our culture to romanticize the natural world, as an Eden to which we long to return. Specifically the notion that women have an inherent relation to the natural world is deeply imbedded in the history and the psyche of our culture. I continue to question this notion in my work, including through choices of form and materials. “Eve” remains, problematically, hostess in any Eden,” Sarah Maloney.
Maloney’s current artistic research is engaged with flowering plants, modelled in wax and cast in bronze and using to create suites of work.
The title of her 2015 exhibition at Studio 21, First Flowers, refers to both the history of magnolias, which originated over 65 million years ago and are one the few species of primitive flowers to grow continuously since; and to the fact that they bloom so early in the spring, branches full of flowers before the trees leaf out. These wall mounted bronze and steel sculptures are the result of an artist residency in the Annapolis Royal Botanical Gardens in 2013.
Sarah Maloney holds an MFA from the University of Windsor, Ontario and a BFA from NSCAD University. Her most recent solo exhibitions were “Collapse” at the Kelowna Art Gallery, BC (2013) and “Habitat” at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, Memorial University, NL (2011). Other solo exhibition locations include Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, as well as Studio 21 Fine Art.
Maloney is the recipient of numerous awards including the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council Established Artist Recognition Award, Province of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Creation Grants, Canada Council Travel and Project Grants. Her work is in public collections including The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, The New Brunswick Art Bank, Canada Council Art Bank, Toronto Board of Education, as well as private collections in Canada and Germany.
Anatomica is a show that will fascinate or frighten or both. Viewers of this fusion of anatomical art and scientific illustration at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax leave comments ranging from “cool” to “creepy.” That’s because perception depends on each individual’s mindset. A pile of bones — 8,000 in unglazed porcelain, hand-sculpted by Ottawa…Read More