Sarah Anne Johnson Takes Us on a ‘Trip’ to Utopian Woodlands
By Joseph R. Wolin
December 23, 2020
“Sarah Anne Johnson comes honestly by her love of the natural world and the communitarian alternative lifestyles it inspires. Her 2020 series of photos, titled ‘Woodland’, featured in her latest outing at Yossi Milo Gallery, pictures Manitoba forests. Most of the images portray dense stands of scrubby trees, their ordinariness countered by bright colours filling interstices between the twigs and branches. The effect conjures stained glass or, at times, fluttering Tibetan prayer flags. Created with a range of means – from Photoshop to applied oil and acrylic paint, photo-retouching ink, metallic leaf and collaged holographic foil – the artist’s manipulations appear various and inventive as they evoke the kitsch of children’s craft projects.”
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