Sydney Rose is a collage artist living and working in Sudbury, Ontario.
Since graduating from the photography program at Toronto’s OCAD University in 2012, her work has shifted from digital photography to hand cut collage and tactile mixed media pieces.
A former facilitator in the Creative Kids program at the Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sydney is currently a mentor in the Design and Visual Arts program at Cambrian College.
With creative interests that lie in the notion of play, tactility, accessibility, lateral thinking and upcycling, her works aim to evoke a familiar feeling of nostalgia; compositions that toy with reality while exploring the possibilities in the grey areas of knowledge and what we define as truth in our daily lives.
A scavenger of sorts, her image sources include discarded books and artworks that have been damaged and abandoned. By isolating and combining these images in new ways and with other materials, her works tell stories of human behaviour and habits – observations of our knack for creation and destruction, our ties to tradition and desire for endless progress, the search for order in chaos, and other conundrums.
She exhibits work in solo and group shows, and is a vendor at local events and makers markets. Notable commissions include poster artwork and t-shirt design for the 2017 Up Here Festival, as well as cover art for the upcoming album by local blues band, Sulfur City. Her work has also been featured as part of CBC Arts’ Exhibitionists, in a mini-doc by Sudbury-based filmmaker and photographer Brandon Gray, that explores influences that are rooted in home town and her family history.
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