Jessica Sarrazin is an interdisciplinary artist. For this exhibition, Altered States, she has photographed outdoor views, such as landscapes glimpsed from train windows or photos of the night sky.
She uses slightly flawed or unresolved photographs which she alters with hand sewing. By turns, these alterations appear to impose a tenuous order, suggest movement, or add an ethereal quality to the photograph. Her images are cinematic in their framing and have a quiet and intense sense of drama.
Her work is influenced by her life in rural Ontario and by the lack of night-time light pollution where she lives.
ABOUT JESSICA SARRAZIN
Jessica Sarrazin is an artist and designer living near Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Her art practice includes sewing, photography, video, sculpture & installation, and sometimes, drawing or painting. Her design work includes clothing, jewellery, and items for the home, as well as custom graphic design for various clients.
An Associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (2001), she has been exhibiting professionally since 1998. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2005 at the University of Windsor and then went on to live in Seoul, South Korea, eventually returning to her hometown of Vankleek Hill where she then served as the director of Arbor Gallery – Centre for Contemporary Art for eight years.
Currently, Jessica is focused on her own art and design projects, including occasional collaborations with other artists.
She has received project funding from the Toronto Arts Council, the Laidlaw Foundation and The Ontario Trillium Foundation, among others, and has worked for the Canadian Opera Company, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ryerson University.
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