Amery Sandford Launches FOMO Island at St. Michael’s Printshop
At 7pm on Friday, September 25th, 2015, Amery Sandford’s new gallery FOMO Island opens at St. Michael’s Printshop. The gallery, consisting of lithographs, relief work (woodcuts), screen prints and a performance piece, represents Sandford’s year in Newfoundland.
Having graduated Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2014, Sandford was awarded with a full-year residency at St. Michael’s Printshop under the Don Right Memorial Scholarship, so she took her talent to Newfoundland.
FOMO Island is a series of work by Sandford that explores the concept of Canadian identity, Newfoundland identity and master narratives through the use of symbols and found objects. The work draws from Amery’s personal experiences as an artist from the mainland, and investigates juxtaposed symbols of an island paradise versus the reality of living on an island in the North Atlantic through lithograph, screen-printing, relief (woodcut) work and performance.
“It’s kinda like Newfoundlandia mixed with symbols that I’ve seen here that seem fabricated but maybe not truthful,” says Sandford, “And it’s really funny because these symbols stick out like a sore thumb because we’re on an island in the middle of the North Atlantic and it’s not like that at all.
With thematic similarities to her previous project Maybe, Probably, Sandford seeks out the symbols and moments that make you realize that you’re on a boulder in the middle of the Atlantic.
“It’s partly about when you realize that you’re geographically isolated and what symbols or moments do you experience that make you feel that way,” says Sandford, as she showed me some her work. “This is a drink at Jungle Jims, this is a cake I saw at Dominion and that’s toilet paper that is only sold at Hallidays, it looks like fake toilet paper, so strange. I haven’t seen it anywhere else… I think it’s going to feel very fabricated and I hope to make people wonder ‘Is this Newfoundland culture’?
All print are available for purchase, with prices ranging from $40-$200.
You can keep up to date with Sandford and her work at www.amerysandford.com or @chubbycowboy on Instagram. The gallery runs until October 9th at St. Michaels Printshop at 72 Harbour drive on the 2nd floor.