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born in 1990 in Ottawa - lives and works Ottawa, ON


Sarah Tompkins (b. 1990) completed her BFA in painting and printmaking at Queen’s University and her MFA in painting at the University of Ottawa. She has exhibited previously at Skeir Gallery (Toronto), SAW Gallery (Ottawa), Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston), as well partaken in group exhibitions in Venice, Barcelona, and London, UK. Tompkins is currently based in Ottawa.

Tompkins employs an action-response method of composition in her paintings, where each layer of the work is a conscious response to an earlier, unconscious layer of painting. Such a superposition of alternating concentric frames dictates for the artist a rhythmic fluctuation of control and release - a mere liberation from intuitive constraints. At the core of this process are a number of antagonistic self-imposed systems which are concerned with shifting states of control, addition and erasure, creation and destruction.

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