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Black Box, 2010

Sarah Anne Johnson
Canadian, 1976
chromogenic print, photo retouching dyes, acrylic ink, gouche and india ink, incised lines
76.1 x 111.7 cm; image: 70.9 x 106.6 cm
Purchased 2011
National Gallery of Canada (no. 2011.63)
Photo © NGC

In 2009 Sarah Anne Johnson sailed to the Arctic Circle aboard a double-masted schooner. In her widely exhibited "Arctic Wonderland" series, she combines artistry and document to present conflicting views of the region, ranging from that of a sublime idyll to one of the last frontiers of corporate colonization. For this series, she enhanced the images through an expressionistic application of retouching dyes and gouache. Increasingly preoccupied with issues of Arctic exploration and development, Johnson describes this series as "the backdrop I need to talk about how we are going to colonize and use or abuse this space."

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