Winnipeg artist Sarah Anne Johnson captures the shimmer and beauty of Manitoban forests in Woodlands. Transforming the surface of each print with hand-applied holographic touches, Johnson evokes the ethereal splendour of light refracting through trees and plant life. Testifying to the artist’s personal experience of the landscape, Woodlands offers a more truthful image of nature’s sacred spaces.
Johnson is a photo-based artist who uses a variety of media in realizing her work. She lives and works in Winnipeg, where she was born in 1976. She studied fine arts at the University of Manitoba and graduate studies at the Yale School of Art. Her graduating exhibition, “Tree Planting”, 64 photographs depicting her experiences planting in northern Manitoba, is in The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection. Over the next 14 years she created five more bodies of work, which have all been exhibited broadly. Johnson received the inaugural Grange Prize (now the AMIA Prize) and was twice shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award. She has participated in several residencies including The Arctic Circle Residency in Norway, and at Emily Carr University. She taught photography at Yale School of Art and Emily Carr University, and sculpture at the University Manitoba. She has received numerous commissions, including: Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and the BMO Project Room.