Sarah Clifford-Rashotte is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist, her diverse practice includes drawing, collage, video and text-based installations. Her work has been featured in publications such as: esse arts+opinions, The Globe & Mail, Magenta Magazine and fshnsunlimited. She has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and has been short-listed for the prestigious Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, Artist Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include: Our Longest Conversation, Brand New Story and DON'T BE SENTIMENTAL. In addition to her visual art practice, she has co-produced several short films, including Day 40 and Bacon & God's Wrath (director Sol Friedman). Sarah has been an invited speaker at OCAD University, Nordic Art School and York University's MFA/PhD Speaker Series, and invited to artist residencies in Finland, France and Japan. Sarah is a graduate of the MFA program at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (London, UK) and represented by Wil Kucey Gallery in Toronto.
Throughout my multidisciplinary practice, re-contextualizing photography and text is consistently present, and a means for exploring how identity and personal narratives can be constructed and continually re-constructed. I have evolved a visual vocabulary representative of an archetypal struggle for self-preservation/obliteration. Techniques of erasure and paper cutting/folding are approaches I frequently explore in order to achieve distortions and transformations to found source material. The relics of this process are reinforced, serving as inevitable artifacts that highlight limitations in accurately representing memory, language and experience.
*ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL - Media Artist Grant - 2017
*CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS - International Residencies- Grant Recipient 2016
*ARTIST RESIDENCY. Japan. July-September 2016.
* BACON & GOD'S WRATH. TIFF, SXSW, Canadian Screen Award, Sundance Film Festival 2016