Seedlings is a bio-structural, garden-like environment in which the boundary between the architectural and the vegetal begins to blur. The conceptual fabric that runs through this body of work is a rhizomatic mesh of ecological, science-fictional, and socio-political themes, forming the theoretical basis of a constructed world of printed, recuperated, and reconstituted modular objects that creep and crawl across the gallery’s surfaces. Seedlings fuses philosophies of ecology with a sense of visionary, liberatory futurity. What stories, theories, actions, and matter will comprise the building blocks of a more ecologically sustainable and socially just future? In this world, the seeds of potentiality emerge from the compost to become the seedlings of versatile structures. Tending to the seeds of radically hopeful ideas means bridging the gaps between fiction and science, between concept and construction. Seedlings are ideas that have taken root and are growing – perhaps in unconventional ways.
Photography: Scott Lee
Sarah Galarneau is an artist from Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). Primarily working in print media, she is currently extending this practice into the creation of print-based paper sculptures and installations. With one foot in ecological philosophies and the other in visionary fiction, her work explores notions of interconnectivity, cyclicality, biomimicry, potentiality, and futurity; as well as the socio-political implications of such subjects. Galarneau is an MFA candidate at the University of Waterloo.