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Sara Hartland-Rowe is a Canadian fine artist. She attended NSCAD (BFA 1990) before moving to Chicago for post-graduate work (MFA, UIC Chicago, 1993). She returned to Halifax in 2000.


Her studio activity is engaged with the perceptual instance that happens between the states of blindness and knowing, specifically the flash of perception that occurs before naming begins, yet after one recognises forms within space. In this moment, discrete objects and three-dimensional space can be seen as a single totality, while the materiality and embodied nature of the world is maintained. To remain in this moment of perception is an effortful process of resisting the shortcuts of ‘everyday’ vision, but one that allows for the known world to be experienced as a brief vision of wholeness.


Hartland-Rowe has exhibited across Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe. Her significant solo and two-person exhibitions include Small World (Museum for Textiles, 1998), Days Are Where We Live (Museum London, 2000), The World in the Evening (Dalhousie University Art Gallery, 2002), The Prince (Durham Art Gallery, 2003), all things good and pure (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2004, and Look to the Living (MSVU Art Gallery, 2012).


Travellers (2014), a permanent public art commission for Halifax Transit, was a finalist for the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Award, 2015.


She recently completed a large commission for the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax.


Hartland-Rowe has received funding from national and provincial arts councils; her work is in private and public collections.

Twilight’s Knowledge (TedX Talk, 2019)

Learning to Walk With Colour (CRSC talk, 2020)

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