Sara Maston

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Catalogues + Books

2018

Mother, LooseLeaf Magazine, Amanda Low, Volume 6

All-girl pop band XVK start tour in Cambridge, Bill Doucet, Cambridge Times

Roundtable Yearbook, Morris Fox, Dragon Academy Roundtable Residency

Fertile Window, York University 2018 MFA cohort, Art Metropole

2017

Fresh Paint/New Construction, Michael Patten, Art Mur

2016

Analogy of The Thing Upon Which you Currently Gaze, Letticia Cosbert, YTB Gallery

2013

Combine, Jennifer Rassi, overseen by Dr. Anna Waclawek, FOFA Gallery

Fertile Window, York University 2018 MFA cohort, Art Metropole

All-girl pop band XVK start tour in Cambridge, Bill Doucet, Cambridge Times

All-girl pop band XVK start tour in Cambridge, Bill Doucet, Cambridge Times

Fresh Paint/New Construction, Michael Patten, Art Mur

Analogy of The Thing Upon Which you Currently Gaze, Letticia Cosbert, YTB Gallery

Combine, Jennifer Rassi, overseen by Dr. Anna Waclawek, FOFA Gallery

Exhibitions

2018

╰(*8:8:8*)╯♡ “Triple Happiness”, Idea | Exchange, curated by Žana Kozomora, Cambridge

An Observable Collapse Towards Another, Xpace Cultural Centre, curated by Rowan Lynch, Toronto

Long Winter, Tranzac Club, curated by Dorica Manuel & Tiffany Schofield, Toronto

An Animal Among Animals, Special Projects Gallery York University, Toronto

真实的人生 Life Of The True, Martin Goya Business, curated by Cheng Ran, Hangzhou

Encountering of Picture Plans, Allison Milne, curated by Michel Daignault, Toronto

2017

Fresh Paint/New Construction, curated by Michael Patten, Art Mur, Montreal

Y+XVK, curated by Tiffany Schofield, Y+ Contemporary, Toronto

XVK On Big, curated by Audrey D'Astous, Jouez Participatory/Performance Art Projects, Toronto

༜༜༜cutecuteride8, Special Projects Gallery, York University, Toronto

2016

Fresh Constructions, curated by Marjan Verstappen and Humboldt Magnussen, Katzman Contemporary in collaboration with YTB Gallery, Toronto

2015

Screen, curated by Daniel Paterson, Charlotte Hale Gallery, Toronto

2014

30 Under 30, curated by Jane Corkin, Gardiner Museum, Toronto

Dialogue, curated by Morris Fox, Dragon Academy, Toronto

2013

Combine, curated by Jake Moore, Fofa Gallery, Montreal

Fine Arts Graduating Students Exhibition, Curated by Tricia Middleton, VAV Gallery, Montreal

2012

High Rollers, curated by Évlyne Laurin, Studio Beluga, Montreal, Quebec

2011

Am I Still in the Power of the Demon?, curated by Courtenay Mayes and Emma Siemens-Adolphe, VAV Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

In Success We Find Failure/In Failure We Find Success, curated by Sadaf Hakimian Nava and Julie Johnston, Redbird Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

Material Flux, curated by Tracey Briscoe, Galerie Rye, Montreal

2010

Drawing the Line in Painting, curated by Emma Warburton, Art Matters Festival, Montreal

The Box Project, curated by Chloe Beaulac, ARPRIM, Montreal

Artist Profile

Sara Maston is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the vantage point of animals such as insects, single-celled organisms, domestic horses, birds and rodents. Her work takes the form of ceramics, paintings, and textile installations to articulate parallel lifeworlds that are indicative of a distant ancestor’s sense of physicality or distinct rhythm of nature. Maston holds an MFA from York University and is pursuing a degree in Information Science at UofT to develop methods of archiving and mediating ephemeral nonhuman animal knowledge. Additionally, she is a member of the Asian-pop-girl-band-artist-collective XVK, founded by Maston, Xuan Ye, and Veronique Sunatori.

Education

2018

Master of Fine Arts, York University

2013

Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History and Studio Art, Concordia University

Awards

2018

Purchase Prize, Schulich School of Business, York University

Visiting Artist in Sculpture, York University

Fieldwork Cost Fund, York University

Professional Development Fund, CUPE 3903, York University

2017

Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC

Graduate Development Fund, York University

2017

Graduate Development Fund, York University

2016

York Graduate Scholarship for Media and Visual Art, York University

2013

Concordia University Department of Ceramics Residency

Concordia University Alumni Association Grant

2012

Fine Arts Student Alliance Special Project Individual Grant

Carolyn and Richard Renaud Educational Bursary

2011

Summer Company Award, Government of Ontario

2010

Ceramics Award, Concordia University Department of Ceramics

2009

Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation Excellence Award

Professional Experience

2018

Course Instructor, Painting: Constructing the Human Figure, Department of Visual Art, York University

Retail Associate, Art Metropole, Toronto

2017

Course Instructor, Creating Space in Contemporary Painting, Department of Visual Art, York University

Co-President, Visual Arts Graduate Student Association, York University

2015

Costumer, Susan Dicks & Co., Toronto

2014

Set Designer, Studio Artefact, Montreal

2013

Art Instructor, Cote St. Luc Community Centre, Montreal

Art Instructor, Visual Art Centre, Montreal

Printmaker, C60 Screenprinting, Montreal

Administrative Coordinator, Art Matters Festival, Montreal

2011

Mural Facilitator, Graffiti Transformation Project, Harbourfront Community Centre, Toronto

2008

Studio Monitor, Department of Print Media, Concordia University, Montreal

Eyes that see in the dark Eyes that see in the dark, Oil on canvas, porcelain, 82" x 60", 2018 1/4
Horse Swimming Horse Swimming, Acrylic on polyester mesh, 145" x 145", 2018 2/4
Animals in Grass Animals in Grass, Oil on canvases, 36" x 48", 2018 3/4
Installation view (Garden and Horse Swimming) Installation view (Garden and Horse Swimming), Acrylic on polyester mesh, variable dimensions, 2018 4/4
Afterlife Afterlife, Oil on paper, 22" x 30", 2013 1/2
Eighteen Budgies Feasting on Millet Eighteen Budgies Feasting on Millet, Oil on wood, 24" x 24", 2014 2/2
Mother Mother, Oil on wood, bean bun, hummingbird, stoneware, 49" x 49", 2017 - 2018 1/3
Installation view (facing Mother shrine) Installation view (facing Mother shrine), Acrylic on polyester mesh, variable dimensions, 2018 2/3
Mother's Day Mother's Day, Oil on wood, 28" X 30", 2015 3/3
Crow Crow, Oil on linen, oil on linen, 48" x 71", 2017 1/3
Gold Mine Gold Mine, Oil on canvas, 60" x 48", 2017 2/3
Leaves at Night Leaves at Night, Oil on canvas, 29" x 40", 2013-2014 3/3
Private Life of Arthropod Private Life of Arthropod, Oil on canvas, 54" x 54", 2017 1/3
Garden Garden, Acrylic on polyester mesh, 145" x 145", 2018 2/3
Birds (Shanghai) Birds (Shanghai), Oil on wood, 56" x 48", 2014 3/3
Life Within Life Life Within Life, Oil on canvas, 12" X 72", 2018 1/3
Swan Dreaming Swan Dreaming, Oil on canvas, 30" x 36", 2018 2/3
Snake Dreaming Snake Dreaming, Oil on wood, 24" x 30", 2014 3/3
Lotus Vessel Lotus Vessel, Stoneware, lotus seeds, porcelain clay, water, pump, plywood, 24" x 30", 2018 1/3
Shrine Vessel & Lotus Vessel Shrine Vessel & Lotus Vessel, Porcelain, stoneware, lotus seeds, water, pump, plywood, each 24" x 30", 2018 2/3
Food For Ghosts Food For Ghosts, Porcelain, 2" x 5" x 2.5", 2013 3/3