Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson’s work explores the dichotomy between reality and perception. In her latest body of work, Field Trip, she conveys the pastoral utopia of summer festivals filled with Bacchanalian youth. As a documentarian and storyteller, Johnson constructs records of her perceptions and creates major projects on disparate themes. Her work catapulted on to the scene in 2006 with her Tree Planting exhibition. This idealistic narrative project displayed an extensive series of photographs, both straight and constructed of sculptural tableaux, concerned with youth and nature, hard work and play. Her work is increasingly experimental and uses varied media from sex and intimacy in Wonderlust (2013,) Arctic Wonderland, (2011), House on Fire (2009), an intense multi-media installation based on her grandmother’s experience with mind control, and The Galapagos Project (2007) on volunteer tourism.
Johnson received her MFA in Photography from Yale University and a BFA from University of Manitoba. She has exhibited internationally, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Guggenheim in New York and Bilbao, the Cartier Foundation and the Maison Rouge, Paris, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and has been exhibiting and performing widely in Canada. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. own extensive holdings of her work.