BIO Following studies at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland (M.A.) and in traditional weaving at the Instituto Allende in Mexico, Sarah F. Maloney has taught in Scotland, on Québec’s North Shore and in Dawson City, Yukon. She has been artist in residence in Indonesia, Cyprus and Spain. Her art and performances have been presented in Europe and the Americas.
ARTISTIC PRACTICE Sarah F. Maloney’s multidisciplinary practice is inspired by Québec’s North Shore and its residents. Her work comes out of warm exchanges with the people of the region, who inspire and colour her projects with sometimes nostalgic emotions. In her work, the individual is represented in two ways: as hunters and as workers. Nature, for its part, is often represented by analogies, with figures taking on the form and colours of the boreal fauna. Sarah F. Maloney addresses topics charged with meaning. The aesthetic minimalism she employs creates a snapshot and a reflection on the prosperity of industry.
PROJECT Sarah F. Maloney’s project consists of a series of paintings in forest green hues. The angle at which each is framed lets a glimmer of blazing orange shine through, like the colour worn by forestry workers and hunters. The paintings are then transported to a shooting range. A bullet hole becomes the mark on the painting, a trace of the action of this work, perforating the precious quality of the art object. Back in the studio, the paintings are arranged to create a kind of path. The site creates a dichotomy, recalling the aesthetic of the workplace and, at the same time, of the forest path. Visitors to the artist’s studio can view a video of the excursion to the shooting range.