Since 1979, Sarah Link has been creating installations with multiple component ceramic forms. Link attributes the use of repetition and sequence as part of the historical referents in ceramic history where potters reproduced objects for use. To replace a massive composite work, Link created multiples to achieve the scale required for her ideas.
Moving from explorations of form and surface during the first decade, Link's work took on a narrative dimension by addressing issues of social injustice, victim's rights, and issues of personal identity in a global context. Artistic residencies and collaborations with actors, musicians, poets, activists and indigenous people (such as Pauline Shirt, a Cree Elder, teacher, and healer) have informed her work.
An ongoing theme in her installations is the concern for the environment, the impact of technology, and the effect on the earth and its inhabitants. During the past 15 years, Link has addressed themes of genetically engineered produce, 'Farm', Nebraska, USA 2001, 'Tane' (seed, source), Japan 2002, the vulnerability of the earth due to the impact of industrial development, 'Oh', Burlington Art Centre 2003, 'Windfall' Sibley Provincial Park, Lake Superior 2004, and 'River', Thunder Bay 2007.
With this exhibition, North of the 45th at Gallery 101, Link's installations titled 'Ripple' and 'Legacy' identify issues of endangerment, protection and preservation of the Boreal forest with the encroaching industrial development.
Sarah Link wishes to thank the Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts Grant Program.