In concept, format, and process, my art practice is an exploration of rhythm and its relationships with ritual, time, and place. I look beyond spectacle toward the rhythm of seemingly mundane or insignificant actions and ways of making art using repetition and serialization, repetitive mark-making, everyday sounds, and simple materials. My work builds up over time through cumulative gestures and considers ideas of labour, obsession and futility. I attempt to echo the relentless nature of everyday life as a way to showcase simplicity, to highlight small differences, and to acknowledge the inevitable complexities.

Sarah Nordean is a visual artist based in Calgary Alberta. She holds a degree in Art Education from the University of Victoria (2000), a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2009), and a Master of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2014). 

 

Exhibitions and Public Projects

 

 

Solo and two-person:

2016
Water Witching for Wanderers (and Wonderers), The City of Calgary Public Art Program, community walking project (with Alana Bartol)
2015
Keeping track, Lightbox Studio, Arts Commons, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Rattling the Walls, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (with Neal Moignard)
2013
The Islands, Untitled Art Society - Satellite Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2009
New Paintings, Wallor Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2007
Traces, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Group:

2016
Tradition Transformed: Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition, Orillia Museum of Art and History, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
2015
Jet Set, West 7 Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada
ACAD Fibre Miniature Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Could it Be, We've Surpassed Material Expectations, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2014
Mapmakers Manifesto, Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Transactants, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Calgary Timeraiser, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2013
Alterations, Alteractions, Altercations, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2011
Bizarre Pizzazz Bazaar, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Moments Intercepted, the (Re)collection Project, Labspace Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2010
Square Foot Show, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2009
Frenzy, Bird Dog Video, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
ACAD Grad Show, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Space Case, Gallery 371, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Muster, Galery 378.5, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (also curator)
Grad Silent Auction, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Documentation in the Expanded Field, Gallery 371, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2008
4th Year Painting Show, Main Mall, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Brink, Gallery 371, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2007
Russian Construction, Bird Dog Video, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Earth, Gallery 371, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada