Closing Reception: May 25, 7-10pm
In the White Dwarf Gallery
My current work investigates the curious notions of displacement and personal physicality. In addition to this I also show interest in ideas pertaining to home, manmade structure, landscape, human presence, memory as well as representations of family within these concepts. The piece Mom, sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. is a visual analysis concerning my relationship with my mom both past and present. The subject matter seen in Mom, sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. is that of my mom and myself both at the age of three. It is fascinating that these two women are in theory the two women that I should know everything about. However I will never meet or ever know these two women. This is based on the idea that we do not recollect our own memories in our early years of life. They do not even know each other and are only brought together by means of a photographic compilation. This combination of photographs and concrete material is one of the few brief connections that I will ever form with them. Furthermore it is one of the few affiliations they will have with each other. I refer to the little girls in the photos as “women” because that is my present day observation about the trueness of my mom and me. Mom, sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. onsets a new direction in my art practice, which aims to display the presence of my identity, body and self in relation to my surroundings.
Sara Girletz grew up in small town rural Alberta. Her work originates from a painting background and today she is currently maintaining a multidisciplinary art practice. She began her formal art education in the fall of 2007 at Red Deer College and most recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art+Design in spring 2011. To date she has participated in an array of both collaborative as well as solo projects. These include exhibitions in the Marion Nicoll LRT Window Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Art Gallery of Calgary; Art Central, Calgary, Alberta; and the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, Red Deer, Alberta. Her latest achievement to date is undergoing an artist residency abroad during winter 2012 at the Burren College of Art located in Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland. Sara Girletz currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.