Sarah Anne Johnson

The installation piece Untitled (Schooner and Fireworks) consists of a traditional wooden table bearing a model schooner, above which, hanging from the ceiling, is an immense dark and coloured structure, like a multi‐coloured storm cloud. Within this mass may be seen glasses, dishes, heat‐moulded structures in which brightly coloured lights appear, producing various bursting and sparkling effects. This cloud, both fantastic and worrying, could remind one of fireworks or a tornado, and seems to descend almost as far as the schooner.

The installation echoes a complementary photograph, Explosion Panorama, the artist’s source of inspiration. If we look carefully at this panorama, we see that the schooner (The Noorderlicht) is the ship in which the artist did her residency, and the people crossing the landscape are the members of the crew.

A major artist on the contemporary scene

Born in 1976, Sarah Anne Johnson is an emerging artist from Winnipeg. She earned her BFA from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Ace Art Gallery in Winnipeg (2010), the Division Gallery (2013 and 2015), the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2015), the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh in the United States (2015) and Gallery 44 in Toronto (2016).