Sandra Brewster

It's all a blur...

May 5 - June 10, 2017

Opening Reception: May 4, 6-8pm

Sandra Brewster, Blur , 2016, Gel transfer on paper, 30x22in.


It's all a blur is a series of gestural portraits made with photo-based gel transfers. The medium is used as a metaphor for movement or change from one place to another, (The/This/name of show/series) references the migration of the artist's parents and their peers who left Guyana for Toronto in the late 1960's. Inspired by the preciousness of old photographs and their relationship to time and memory, this series mimics and somewhat exaggerates the physical quality of those photographs by revealing imperfections left by creases, tears and folds.

Brewster is interested in how change, especially change of location, impacts identity. She relates this work to Dionne Brand's writing that explores the complexities involved in the formation self, focussing on that same generation of Caribbean folk who immigrated to Canada. We "come full of ourselves – who we were and are and will become.”

Sandra Brewster is a Toronto born visual artist creating work engaged in race, identity, representation and memory. She is a recipient of grants from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada art councils. Her work has been published in Hyperallergic, Caribbean Beat, Of Note Magazine, The Walrus, Small Axe, Chimurenga Magazine, Mix Magazine and NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art. Recent exhibitions include UnIFixed Homelands, Aljira Contemporary Art Centre in New Jersey; New Found Lands, Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John's, Newfoundland; blur, Franklin Gallery in Chicago; Performing Blackness I Performing Whiteness, Allegheny Art Galleries in Meadville, Pennsylvania; Mohammeds, Alice Yard in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; and 28 Days, Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from York University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto.