Sarah Davidson



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Sarah Davidson works primarily between drawing and painting to create compositions in which shadowy, biomorphic figures and delicate, foliated fragments mingle. Making reference to a history of discourses constructing the ‘natural’ world, her works investigate bodies, environment, observation, and the tangled strings which often bind them together. While she often draws directly from ‘nature’, her drawings diffract distinctions between embodied self and other through a queer ecological lens: critters and space collapse in upon one another, suggesting a permeable web. Both the eye and the mind work towards the known--animals, plants, brush marks, lines--but are caught in a space of undoing. A question floats among the forms: who’s seeing who, and how?

Sarah Davidson (she/they, b. 1989, Ottawa) lives and works in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. She has exhibited her work at Feuilleton (Los Angeles), Cassandra Cassandra (Toronto), Erin Stump Projects (Toronto), Unit 17 (Vancouver), The Power Plant (Toronto), Little Sister (Toronto), Birch Contemporary (Toronto), The New Gallery (Calgary), and Audain Gallery (Vancouver), among others. She was a finalist in the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, and is the recipient of awards and residencies including the Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant (2021), The Banff Centre's Late Winter BAiR (2020), and AiR Sandnes residency in Sandnes, Norway (2016). She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design (2015) and an MFA from the University of Guelph (2019).