The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is pleased to present the magical, miniature world of Sarah Van Pelt. Her show, titled “A Pint-Sized Perspective,” will be on display in Gallery 3 from November 10th until December 29, 2018.
Sarah enjoys many different mediums of artmaking – from printmaking, to sculpture, painting, fibre arts, computer generated design, and much more. She is currently utilizing these techniques to build captivating miniature dioramas across a wide span of subject matter.
Her inspiration comes from many street artists, most notably the works of Invader, Banksy, Anonymouse MMX, David Zinn, and the fairy doors of Ann Arbour, Michigan. She is also enthusiastic about strange and wonderful landscapes around the world.
When asked about her work, Sarah said, “Being a Canadian from a small town in rural Ontario, I love the many different vistas this vast country proudly displays. And being a traveller, I love those unique and often bizarre landscapes one only finds when leaving home. My father immigrated from the Netherlands as a child with his parents and siblings. I think my sea-faring ancestors have left me with some of their wanderlust and desire to explore more of what this world has to offer.
“I hope that my work embodies a sense of inclusivity, with every human existing in the same wild and fantastic world. I believe that every human is created equal in that we have breath in our lungs and the enjoyment of our senses with which to embrace life. I am glad of the skills that allow me to create moments which entice viewers to make use of these senses.
“I feel that my art allows the viewer to travel through time and space while they embrace the mystery and delight found in both the derelict and the awe-inspiring. I’m excited to be sharing these dioramas with the public. I hope it brings a little wonder back into a world so filled with the mundane.”
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre (301 Talbot St., St Thomas, ON) would like to invite you to join Sarah at the opening reception on November 9th from 7 – 9 pm. Entrance to the show is free.