|BFA (Emily Carr)|
|BA (Hons) (Alberta)|
Sarah Ciurysek works primarily in photography, video, and installation to examine our relationship to the ground. Large-scale colour photographs of soil, grass, and fields reference graves, life and death, nourishment, history and archeology. Installation is used to disrupt and refresh the viewer’s experience of the ground: a wall of soil towers overhead, vinyl photographs on the gallery floor are walked upon.
Sarah's core research interests include the intersection between image and object, the connection between the physical aspects of an artwork and the emotions it evokes, and embodiment and its relationship to time. She addresses places and subject areas that are often overlooked or undervalued, such as rural sensibilities and concerns, and women’s experiences. Since 2010, Sarah has been involved in Home/Land, an international research project exploring women and place; a publication from Liverpool Press is forthcoming.
Exhibitions of Sarah’s work have been presented across Canada, the UK, and South Africa; a recent commissioned project for Radar in England is currently travelling internationally. She has participated in national and international residencies and has received grants from the Canada Council and Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Sarah grew up in northern Alberta, studied in New York and Sweden, and earned a BFA from Emily Carr University and an MFA from Concordia University. She recently relocated to Winnipeg to teach at the University of Manitoba.