Sandra Brewster It’s all a blur…
It’s all a blur… is a series of gestural portraits made with photo-based gel transfers. Sandra Brewster uses the medium as a metaphor for movement or change from one place to another, specifically in reference to the migration of her parents and their peers who left Guyana for Toronto in the late 1960s. Inspired by the preciousness of old photographs and their relationship to time and memory, this series mimics and somewhat exaggerates the physical quality of those photographs by revealing imperfections left by creases, tears, and folds.
Brewster is interested in how change, especially change of location, impacts identity. She relates this work to Dionne Brand’s writing, which explores the complexities involved in forming a sense of self, focusing on that same generation of Caribbeans arriving to Canada. They “come full of ourselves—who we were and are and will become.”
Sandra Brewster is a Toronto-based artist who engages with themes centred on identity, belonging, memory, and Black being within the Caribbean diaspora. She was the recipient of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize in 2018, and the Gattuso Prize for outstanding Featured Exhibition in the 2017 CONTACT Photography Festival. Recent solo exhibitions include Take a Little Trip, Olga Korper Gallery (2022); By Way of Communion, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (2022); Precious Sense, Harnett Gallery, University of Rochester (2022); and Blur, Art Gallery of Ontario (2019–20). Her work will appear in the exhibition Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s-Today, MCA Chicago (2022–23).