An exhibition in Gallery III, March 24 – May 5, 2023
Reception/Meet the Artist: Saturday April 1, 2pm-4pm
From March 24 to May 5, Sivarulrasa Gallery is pleased to present SANDRA GREGSON: BEING TREE. This new series of paintings was created by the artist by imagining the stillness of a tree and observing the interplay of natural processes, growth, decay, and urban development.
Now based in Ottawa, Sandra Gregson holds a Master of Fine Art degree from York University and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her practice includes painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. In the past few years, she has focused primarily on painting and drawing, combining figurative, abstract, and conceptual elements of representation. Her paintings explore landscape shaped by both natural processes and human endeavours. In considering the relationship between natural and built environments, her works suggest the possibility of regeneration and restoration, which she views as psychological as well as ecological processes.
Sandra Gregson’s works have been exhibited throughout Canada and her videos have been screened nationally and internationally. She has participated in artist residencies in Finland, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, and Canada. Her works are held in private and public collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, City of Ottawa Art Collection, McMaster Museum of Art, and York University.
Artist Statement by Sandra Gregson
The series of paintings, Being Tree, developed from imagining the stillness of a tree and noticing root systems, cyclic change, growth, decay, and urban development. Of course, trees are viewed as symbols in many cultures — of growth, strength, endurance, regeneration, and as a connector of the realms below with those above.
I walk about 50 kilometres a week and the paintings often reference what I notice or think about whilst walking; walking allows me to juxtapose thinking, memory, observation and speculation. Considering ideas from research and reading is also part of my art making. After reading “Finding The Mother Tree” by Suzanne Simard, I became intrigued by how trees communicate and nurture each other.
The materiality of the paint weaves fluidity between observation, thinking, memory, research and speculation, between a tree and me.
Reception/Meet the Artist: Saturday April 1, 2pm-4pm. Artist Sandra Gregson will be in attendance.