Nind’s work has been exhibited and collected widely throughout Canada, the United States and abroad, including the National Gallery of Canada; the Tom Thompson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario; the Prague House of Photography in Czechoslovakia, and the Elvehjem Museum of Art in Wisconsin, among others. She is an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has just completed her Doctorate at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland and a three year residency in Beijing, China.
Sarah Nind combines painting and photography to construct a fictional landscape, manipulating for the viewer memory and the perception of reality. Starting with a slide image and prints she transfers the image onto a large sheet of Ortholith Film. She paints the back of the film with oil paint, thereby adding colour to the formerly black image. The sheet of film is mounted to acid-free masonite.
Of her work, Toronto-based artist and critic Ian Carr-Harris states:
“Nind is well-known for forging her own hybrid, that between painting and photography, and this has produced a series of stunningly beautiful, subtly evocative investigations into the borderline between the form of things in the world and the colours of our perception. Nind has locked the two together—form and colour, real and perceived—at their material base, and in the process developed a viscerally different experience of what it is to apprehend an image.”