My Daily Art

Sarah Anne Johnson. Marlin from Tree Planting, 2005. colour photograph on paper, A/P 2/2, from an edition of 10, 24.7 x 49.4 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of the artist. 2006-185.1-2.⁠

Speaking of spring and planting, one of my favourite photographic series by Winnipeg artist Sarah Anne Johnson is her series on tree planting.

A few years ago, over the course of three summers, the artist worked as a tree planter in northern Manitoba. The images capture her close relationship with the natural environment and with the other tree planters. In this 2005 diptych entitled Marlin from the WAG collection, Johnson sets one of her co-workers against a brilliant summer sky and next to what appears to be a field of purple loosestrife, a beautiful but aggressive invader.

The work may point to the role of human labour in countering ecological destruction – in this instance with tree planting. It’s also two images, side by side, filled with life – Marlin and the invading species he hopes to overcome.

Sarah Anne Johnson. Marlin from Tree Planting, 2005. colour photograph on paper, A/P 2/2, from an edition of 10, 24.7 x 49.4 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of the artist. 2006-185.1-2.⁠

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One response to “My Daily Art”

  1. Penny Bryans says:

    I am enjoying this series very much. What a wonderful chance to visit the wag every day and hear from the director-especially in these times. Thank you!

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