Sandy Middleton has worked as both an artist and photographer for over 25 years, having graduated from Ryerson University with a BAA in still photography and continuing her education and work in the design field.
Currently her practice has been focused on images that deal with identity, memory and found and natural materials. She works in analogue and digital photography as well as encaustic medium and printing on wood and metal.
She was recently nominated for a 2016 St. Catharines Arts Award in the category of Established Artist and has received several grants from the Ontario Arts Council.
As an active member of the Niagara Arts community she has sat on boards such as the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) the Culture Committee for the City of St. Catharines and as the Chair of the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP)
Additionally Sandy was a partner at the Jordan Art Gallery for four years and has shown her work throughout Niagara and is represented by galleries and arts fairs in Toronto, such as Art Toronto and TOAE.
BAA Still Photography
Artist Statement / Twilight Series / 2017
Limited edition of 10 / Twilight #1 36x36” /#2 & #4 30x30”
Sandy Middleton’s previous work has dealt with the theme of duality; essentially the relationship of being in the present while creating a narrative of past existence, a simultaneous experience within in a single moment.
In my current series called Twilight, my images are careful composed then reframed and captured again creating without words, fragmented memory, absence and perception. Shifted to allow the viewer to lose their bearings and invite abstraction to take over the familiar.
It blurs the line between photography and painting, dream and reality.
I use motion in my work to convey this dreamlike feeling. This motion allows the unexpected to occur as the work is shot with black and white film and double exposed in camera. I process then do a high-resolution scan the film; from there I can adjust the color and tone of the final image. I don’t know what I have captured truly until the film has been developed.
The image is then transferred on to birch plywood so you can see the grain of the wood and it becomes part of the final piece.