Anataomica, curated by Cindy Stelmackowich, Dalhousie Art Gallery, January 16- March 8
First Flowers, Studio 21, Halifax, February 13-March 11
Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art curated by Heather Anderson will be at Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario, May 1 – June 27, 2015
Today, there is an increasing permeability between the realms of “craft” and “art” occurring in step with an emphasis on “reskilling” and the handmade, as seen in contemporary art practice and in the widespread interest in all things handcrafted. Making Otherwise presents the work of six Canadian artists who merge the material and conceptual approaches of craft and art: Richard Boulet (Edmonton), Ursula Johnson (Eskasoni, NS), Marc Courtemanche (L’Ange-Gardien, QC), Paul Mathieu (Vancouver), Sarah Maloney (Halifax), and Janet Morton (Guelph). Drawing on their fluency in ceramics, basket weaving, furniture making, stitchery, bronze casting, woodworking, and knitting, these artists think through materials, forms, and ideas to make things differently or “otherwise.”
Sarah Maloney is a Halifax artist who completed an MFA at the University of Windsor and a BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
She has received numerous grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Heritage and Culture, The New Brunswick Arts Board and the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is held in the collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Canada council Art Bank and the New Brunswick Art Bank.
She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Including Fray at the Textile Museum Toronto; Corpus, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; and Atlantic Crossing, Dresden Germany. She has been artist-in-residence at the Memory Disability Clinic, Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax and at Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland. She currently teaches in the foundation and sculpture programs at NSCAD University.