Newzones is pleased to present Sarah Nind's current exhibition Mnemonic Traces. With these new photo-based works, Nind explores the environment through ambiguous viewpoints (the actual vs. the imagined city; the romantic vs. the distressed landscape) and the idea that the architectural grid can be an extension of the patterns of nature.
Part of Nind's questionings focus on whether or not individuals can be distinguished from the environment they inhabit, inseparable from the boundary of the city or nature. On an emotional level, Mnemonic Traces addresses the fragility of the desire for place, the longing for home, and the search for lost identity.
Formally, Mnemonic Traces employs mixed-media processes based on photographic documentation mediated by painted intervention and digital technologies. The resulting images exhibit characteristics of photography as an emotive and poetic medium. At the same time, imagery is transformed through the integration of paint. This painted surface, with its ability to transcend the literal description, is addressed as a dimension to express and record emotional states and subjective realities.
Mnemonic Traces will run from February 2 - March 1, 2008 and is part of the Exposure 2008 Photography Festival.
Sarah Nind attended the Ecole des beaux-arts, Paris in 1979. In 1994, she completed a Master's degree in Fine Arts from York University and has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and the United States. Most recently, she exhibited in The Painted Photograph at The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ON. Along with this prestigious exhibition, she has had other exhibitions in public galleries like the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON and the Art Gallery of University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.