Sarah Kernohan: Snow-blind


Sarah Kernohan, Remnants 2, watercolour and pastel with acrylic ground on yupo, 24 x 18 inches, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sarah Kernohan

February 1 – 25, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday February 4, 2023 from 1-4pm

Artist will be at the gallery during gallery hours on February 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The Red Head Gallery is excited to present Snow-blind, Sarah Kernohan’s first exhibition as a member of the gallery.

Snow-blind is a series of drawings that respond to an experience of landscape that is ambiguous and difficult to visually apprehend on account of atmospheric and light conditions. They are informed by her experiences visiting alpine terrain in northern Scotland and Alberta, where snowpack has been dwindling over the years due to climate change.

Her investigations involve hiking, contemplative watching, note-taking, sketching, and photography. These are pulled together as a point of reference. This ongoing process combines these experiences, study, and reflection, allowing her to draw connections between the patterns that draw her attention. The drawings come from trying to understand and re-create the disorienting experiences she encountered in these environments.

Snow, fog, or lack of available light contribute to the difficulty of deciphering space, making it difficult to understand the scale and proximity of these obscured mountains. Light reflecting on snow high up in the hills offers hints, diffusing space. Through making these drawings, she attempts to pull these snowy patches closer for inspection through hazy scrims hanging on the surface of each drawing.

The artist would like to thank the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for their financial support in producing this work.

Sarah Kernohan’s works on paper are rooted in memory, experiences of landscape, and fascination with the interaction between geological, atmospheric, and ocean processes and phenomena. She completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo (2015) and BFA from OCAD University (2008). Recent exhibitions include Again and again and again: Sarah Kernohan, Gareth Lichty and Mark Prier at The Assembly (Hamilton, ON), Dissipate at Galerie AVE (Montreal, QC), and Works Selected: Clyne, Johnston, Kernohan, Lexier, MacFarlane and Urban at Gallery Stratford (Stratford, ON). She has received several awards, including the Arts Awards of Waterloo Region and grants from the Ontario Arts Council and Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. She lives and works on the Haldimand Tract in Kitchener, Ontario.

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