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Sarah Anne Johnson
Arctic Wonderland
Sarah Anne Johnson

In 2009, Sarah Anne Johnson had the good fortune to spend 12 days in the Arctic Circle as part of an artist’s residency aboard a double masted schooner. Each day, the ship visited a different site on land and Johnson photographed the raw beauty of the landscape, abandoned mining camps, and scenery that’s unlike any other on earth. While these photographs are the heart of Arctic Wonderland, the soul of it is Johnson’s use of Photoshop, acrylic paint and other art techniques to add a new dimension to her images and illustrate her reaction to what she saw and felt each day. This is what makes this show “wonderland” and rather wonderful.

Johnson says her experience was “amazing, exotic, breathtakingly beautiful and sublime. The Arctic seemed vast and strong but also delicate and fleeting.” It made her think about the impact that mankind has on the environment and to question western ideas of progress, growth and innovation and where they might lead. For example, she wonders what would happen if we tried to take over the sun.

 by unidentified photographer.
Sarah Anne Johnson

Her aim with “Wonderland” was to create more honest images to show both the beauty of the environment as well as the absurdity of some of the ideas environmentalists have to stop global warming and other threats to the planet. For example, in “Bubble, 2011”, she adds an embossed and screen printed protective bubble over an island in the ocean. In “Party Boat, 2011,” the artist scratches the print’s surface and uses acrylic ink, gouache and marker and photo spotting ink to add a cloud of fireworks to an otherwise sedate scene. In “Party’s Over, 2011”, the irony is evident by her using acrylic ink to add showers of confetti over an abandoned pier. What’s to celebrate?

One thing is certain: “Arctic Wonderland” won’t leave you cold.

Sarah Anne Johnson
Arctic Wonderland


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The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
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Central Booking Magazine
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