Photo of Snowblind exhibit

Sarah Kernohan

“Snow-blind” is a series of drawings that respond to an experience of landscape that is ambiguous and difficult to visually apprehend on account of atmospheric and light conditions. They are informed by her experiences visiting alpine terrain in northern Scotland and Alberta, where snowpack has been dwindling over the years due to climate change.

Snow, fog, or lack of available light contribute to the difficulty of deciphering space, making it difficult to understand the scale and proximity of these obscured mountains. Light reflecting on snow high up in the hills offers hints, diffusing space. Through making these drawings, she attempts to pull these snowy patches closer for inspection through hazy scrims hanging on the surface of each drawing.

Sarah Kernohan (she/her) is a visual artist who primarily works in two-dimensional media, building drawings and collage-based works rooted in memory, her experiences of landscape, and her fascination with geological processes and weather-related phenomena.

She has exhibited her work at galleries in Ontario and Quebec and completed residencies at the Pouch Cove Foundation (Pouch Cove, NFLD), The Banff Centre (Banff, AB), and The Bothy Project (Aviemore, UK). She lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario. She is a member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto.

Please consider joining us for a reception where you can meet the artist behind this exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided. The reception will be held on January 21, 2024, from 2 to 4 PM. If interested, register at the link in our bio.

Exhibition generously supported by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.


Gallery Stratford would like to honour the ancestral guardians of this land and its waterways: the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Neutral people.