born 1981 - lives and works in Montréal, QC
Sarah Bertrand-Hamel obtained her bachelors in Fine Arts at Université Laval in 2006 and her Masters of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2014. Curious and attentive to the materials she uses, she developed a great interest for papermaking, which became fundamental to her art practice.
Working primarily with paper, Bertrand-Hamel is inspired by its material transformations and its renewed potentialities through reconstruction. She is interested in the notion of transition, perpetual movement, and the unceasing emergence of beings and things which are integrating into one another to exist in new forms. Often using discarded ropes and fishing nets in her sculptures, her more recent practice revolves around plants, from growth to decay, in order to get closer to the source of the fibers she uses.
In 2017, she was the first prize winner of the Valcellina Award (Italy) and of the Paper in Particular annual exhibition (United States). Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally, recently in Japan where she also studied Japanese papermaking as part of two artist residencies. Her works are featured in public and private collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Canada) and the Museo national de la cerámica (Mexico).
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