Sarah Van Dusen is an artist from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Centennial College Fine Arts Studio Program in 2012 and received the Faculty Scholarship Award. She continued her education at OCADU earning a BFA in Drawing and Painting. From 2011-2015 Sarah designed and implemented multiple mural projects in the Scarborough area as part of Street Art Toronto’s initiative to beautify the City. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in the Toronto Core. Currently, she teaches art classes at North York Seniors Centre. Her most recent body of work utilizes found images from her family archive of photographs.
By reflecting on these photographs she invites the viewer to connect with the imagery and with feelings of nostalgia. The familiarity of mundane moments, awkward cropping, and capturing spontaneous expressions allows the imagery to become personal and relatable. In Susan Sontag’s essay “On Photography” she states, through photographs, each family constructs a portrait-chronicle of itself – a portable kit of images that bears witness to its connectedness. Through creating these paintings she gains a deeper understanding of members of her family and their experiences.