Sarah Anne Johnson
Project Area: April 9th to May 21st , 2005
Sarah Anne Johnson was born in Winnipeg, MB. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2002, and went on to complete her MFA at Yale School of Art in 2004.
The genesis of Tree Planting was Johnson's experience as a tree planter during the summers in Manitoba. While this job is often considered a right of passage for Canadian youth, Johnson was particularly affected by the combination of hard work, community, and the sense of doing something important towards a common goal.
While the search for a utopian vision is not a new theme in the realm of art, Johnson's approach is certainly unique. She juxtaposes photographs taken during her months as a tree-planter with photographs of dioramas that she has built which are meant to reflect her memories of her experiences. Together, these images create a finely-woven narrative that is neither truth nor fiction, but lies somewhere in between.
Sarah Johnson's work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States, and is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. Her first solo show in New York city opened in February of 2005, and garnered excellent reviews from The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Art Forum magazine. She currently resides in Winnipeg.