Thurlow, Sally

Artist Bio:

Sally Thurlow is a member of The Red Head Gallery in Toronto, ON and The Iris Group in the Durham Region; both artists’ collectives, and she is delighted to have just joined WAAC!  Some recent Canadian exhibitions include RENEWALCROSSROADS, SYSTEMS FAILURE, 3 solos at The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON, Durham Reach, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, (RMG) ON, Iris at 20, (OISE) Toronto, ON, and the RMG, Oshawa, Red Head Gallery Travel Papers Show, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, NS, The Red Head Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition, TO, FILMIC, Station Gallery, Whitby, No Man’s Land (Erring on the Mount festival, Peterborough), WhiteOut: The Iris Group + Friends, Toronto Arts Council Gallery, Toronto, ON,  Flotsam: Between Material and Spirit, 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects; 3 person exhibition, Duntara, Bonavista, NL.  Her work has been shown internationally including ARC Gallery, Chicago, Ill, BluSeed Studios and Gallery, Saranac Lake, NY, and Kunsthaus Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 

Thurlow received a BA majoring in Fine Arts from the University of Toronto, finishing with Cultural and  Environmental Studies at Trent University. She has been the recipient of  various Ontario Arts Council Awards and has given numerous artist talks and workshops at educational institutions and public galleries. Her work is held in private collections across Canada, and  at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario.

Artist Statement:

Years of living by the shores of Lake Ontario have informed my multi-disciplinary practice based in sculpture, installation, photography and painting. The beaches also provide copious mixed-media materials… flotsam and jetsam. For RENEWAL, my 2020 solo exhibition at The Red Head Gallery, I persisted with recycling and revitalizing materials, but this time, from my collection of antique fabric remnants from over forty years ago when I was last designing and selling my one-of-a-kind line of clothing. These fabrics, despite their age, are very stable, beautiful cottons and linens, far removed from the low-priced synthetic mixed fabrics of today’s fast fashion. I rebuke societies’ environmental and ethically toxic demands for never-ending wasteful growth. I collaged these vintage fabrics into floor cushions – bolsters, the kind used for meditation, or conversations. To this end I applied to each, the name of a different archetype (based in Jungian psychology). Responding to uncertain COVID times, the bolsters were installed to form several sandbagged style walls, isolating, no longer offering repose. But visitors could still contemplate which archetypes could apply to either them, or others. Whatever they decided, opened thoughtful discussion.

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