Banff, AB, Canada
Sarah Fuller works across the mediums of photography, video and installation. Her work is about multiple levels of perception, reality and narrative. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and has been an artist in residence at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Yukon, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Italy, and the Association of Visual Artists (SIM), Iceland.
In 2015, Sarah travelled to Australia supported by a Canada Council for the Arts International Self-Directed Residency grant, and participated in Forms for Encounter and Exchange: an Artist Field School at Laughing Waters Residency, as well as a self-directed residency at the BigCi in Bilpin, NSW. She will be participating in Common Opulence, an artist-led residency with Peter von Tiesenhausen, in August of 2015.
Recent exhibitions include Future Station: The 2015 Alberta Biennial at the Art Gallery of Alberta, My Banff at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and The Homecoming at the ODD gallery, Dawson YT. Her work is in the collections of the Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, Cenovus Energy, and the Indie Photobook Library in Washington, D.C.
Sarah will be pursuing her Master of Fine Art at the University of Ottawa commencing in the fall of 2015.
You Will Want to Come Back
My approach to photography is primarily project based, with an emphasis on personal experience. This has been explored through projects that deal with relationship to place, memory and personal narrative.
You Will Want to Come Back is a series of western Canadian vignettes strung together as a loose narrative depicting a road journey. The starting point for this work was a love affair with small town restaurants I used visit on days off from tree planting or during climbing road trips in western Canada. These places represented a home-like atmosphere, while simultaneously offering the opportunity for anonymity.
The work continued with integration of other scenes chosen for their sense of expectation. A stage on which to act out the great western road trip movie – but it is decidedly Canadian. Humour, bleakness and beauty are the common threads which weave the tale.
The town of Bear Creek is located 12 km outside of Dawson City and was the former company town for Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation (YCGC). It has been abandoned since the mid-1960s and is now maintained by Parks Canada as a National Historic Site. Many of the YCGC residential buildings have been transported from their original site in Bear Creek, and other sites, to Dawson City. All that remains of their presence in the original sites are their foundations.
In The Homecoming, I integrated five buildings into their former place of residence via large-scale photographic prints on linen. These prints were manipulated using theatre techniques once used by Daguerre in the Paris Diorama in the mid 1850s, and saw the houses shift from dusk to night. This created a sense of home in the structures, as well as a visual play on memory, ghosts and history.
A constant ebb and flow of people and lives. Being part of the community for six months or a year, or ten. Holding on to the ones who stay. Hardened off.
The character of this place is the constant change of friends and acquaintances. This series is a document of the people I have known who once lived in this town. Each person was photographed the day (or in the days before) they left this place. We discussed the location they wanted to be photographed, and each image was made with a 4”x5” view camera.