Arts Commons Presents
The Ledge Gallery
Lady Painter by Sarah van Sloten
Edmonton artist tackles female stereotypes
Location: The Ledge Gallery (+15 level of Centre Court)
Dates: September 5 to November 27, 2016
Artist Reception: Happenings #6 in Upper Centre Court of Arts Commons on Monday, October 31 from 6-9pm
Arts Commons Presents Lady Painter, a tongue-in-cheek mixed-media installation examining female stereotypes in The Ledge Gallery by Edmonton-based artist Sarah van Sloten.
Lady Painter examines all the connotations of the word “lady” and then actively acts against them. With a variety of mixed media works, pop culture references, and inside jokes, van Sloten’s work claims the historically male-dominated realm of abstract expressionism as her own in a defiant way, while also injecting her own sensitivity and self-doubt.
“By allowing a stream-of-consciousness technique in the studio, the paintings become an extension of [my] everyday life,” says van Sloten, a rising powerhouse artist tackling humour and feminism in painting. “The work moves between being serious and not. Its playful nature undermines any one authoritative or definitive statement.”
Sarah van Sloten is an Edmonton-based artist who primarily paints and makes installations. Her work can be humourous, offhand, and at times naïve in its presentation; this yields awkward, sad, poetic, and self-deprecating results. Van Sloten received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2010, and completed her MFA at the University of Windsor in 2016. She has been involved in several exhibitions across Canada.