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Hot Art: Sarah Anne Johnson’s Arctic Imagery

Fire Works, by Sarah Anne Johnson

JUNE 16 TO JULY 16 Environmental concerns have long informed the works of Sarah Anne Johnson. In the past she has used photography to document—and, in some cases, re-create—tree planting in Manitoba and agricultural rehabilitation on the Galapagos Islands. Arctic Wonderland, her latest series at Stephen Bulger Gallery, chronicles a schooner trip to the Arctic Circle. But these are not simple snaps of glaciers and icebergs. Instead, Johnson has subtly manipulated her images using overpainting, embossing, Photoshop and other techniques. The results are
a whimsical and ironic interpretation of the impact of humans on nature, depicting, to paraphrase the artist, not just what she saw, but how she feels about what she saw.

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