Guyana Art

Sandra Brewster
Exhibition runs March 19 2009 - April 17 2009
Opening: April 4 2009: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

After returning from my first trip to Guyana I began to wonder what life would've been like had my parents decided to stay there. They moved to Canada in the late 1960s, got married, and then had me and my sister. My sister and I were two little Canadian girls although I'd insist that I was Guyanese simply because of the blood coursing through my veins. It didn't matter where I was born. I grew up listening to stories and accounts made by my parents and the rest of the family about Georgetown, the capital city. They would talk about a place that was once beautiful and productive, and now is threatened by crime, litter, bad politics and violence. However, I would never let go of this home. Yet, until recently I had never even been there.

Sandra Brewster's work explores issues concerning identity and representation. At times, referencing old photographs, and using story telling and the portrait as sources of inspiration, she draws, paints, and pieces together her visual narratives. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from York University and is a recipient of numerous grants and awards. Her work has been shown in a number of exhibitions in Toronto, Winnipeg and South Africa.


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