Sarah Nance: In•Soluble

Sarah Nance: In•Soluble | February 23 - March 15, 2017

Earth’s moon, its tidal pull and the coastlines these tides create are at the center of my current research. Coastlines are full of pluralities; they are the space between land and sea, and this line itself is constantly in flux through the movement of each tide. They bear the results of ancient, cyclical geology: the breakdown of rocky ground into sand, and the subsequent compression of sand into sedimentary rock. Yet, coastlines are contemporary spaces directly impacted by increasing meltwater and rising tides. Even their distance has been described as immeasurable—as the unit of measurement shrinks and fits into tighter curves, the calculated length grows longer and longer. In this site-responsive installation, I focus on these coastal ambiguities: the dissolution of permanence and the impossibility of resolve.


Sarah Nance is an artist working in installation, fiber and sculpture. Nance is currently LTA Assistant Professor in Fibers & Material Practices at Concordia University in Montréal. She has previously held academic positions at Virginia Commonwealth University as Visiting Assistant Professor/Area Head (2015-16) and Fountainhead Fellow (2014-15), both in Fiber. Following the completion of her MFA at the University of Oregon in 2013, she participated in consecutive artist residencies in Reykjavík and Skagaströnd, Iceland. Nance’s recent exhibitions include TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, AB; FrontierSpace in Missoula, MT; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, TX; and SÍM Gallery in Reykjavík, Iceland; with upcoming solo exhibitions at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA and Antenna in New Orleans, LA.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017