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Sarah Maloney’s Pleasure Ground: A Feminist Take on the Natural World

October 19, 2023 - January 21, 2024

Second Floor Gallery

Sarah Maloney. Pleasure Grounds (detail), 2019. Installation, bronze, 15 pieces. Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.


Sarah Maloney reconsiders Western history and culture through a feminist lens. Using natural, botanical, and bodily forms as references to gender, pleasure, desire, and power, her practice investigates the nature of what is “constructed.” Working across a variety of media ranging from embroidery to bronze, Maloney challenges ideas of “women’s work,” craft, and artistic labour. This exhibition features artworks created over the past several decades, charting her development as an artist.

Co-curated by Jennifer Matotek and Laura Ritchie.

Organized by Art Windsor-Essex. Toured with support from the Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program through Access to Heritage.

About the artist: Sarah Maloney

Sarah Maloney, RCA, holds an MFA from the University of Windsor and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of numerous grants, and has been part of group and solo shows across Canada. Her works are held in the collections of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, among others. In 2012, she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She is a recipient of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council Established Artist Recognition Award.

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