Biography

Sara Girletz grew up in Oyen, Alberta. Her work originates from a painting background and today she is currently maintaining a multidisciplinary art practice. She began her formal art education in the fall of 2007 at Red Deer College and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art+Design in 2011. She has been involved in an array of both collaborative as well as solo projects. These include exhibitions at the Vorres Museum, Athens, Greece; Esker Foundation, Calgary; The Pumphouse Theatre, Calgary; Untitled Art Society, Calgary; Art Gallery of Calgary; Art Central, Calgary; and the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. She has also participated in residencies at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland (2012); the Calgary Allied Art Foundation’s St[art] residency situated in Art Central, Calgary (2013); and The Sointula Art Shed, British Columbia, Canada (2015). To date she is focusing on the launch of homebody; an online home decor shop featuring small scale assemblage works composed around the motif of houses.

Sara Girletz currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.

Artist Statement

My work is an ongoing conversation between structure | landscape, stillness | movement, displacement | stagnation, presence | memory. I collect moments and communicate them through the use of gesture, washes, photography, found objects, texture, layers and mark making. Just like my concepts I can never chose just one medium. A mixture of paint, photo transfers, oil pastel and graphite reinvents my work and keeps it interesting both in progression and final outlook. Whether it be concept, process or material I am in a continuous spiral of revisiting, renewing, upcycling, subtracting, adding on and retracing. Time and again I find myself investigating the aesthetic relations between man made structure and the weathering organic nature of land. During other stages, my work unfolds as a representation of my identity and experiences interacting with my altering surroundings.