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Sara Hartland-Rowe watches people

Then makes installations about what she sees, like her new show at MSVU

Sara Hartland-Rowe watches people
Painting by Sara Harland-Rowe

If you've been on a bus, appeared on television or even casually passed Sara Hartland-Rowe in the streets, it's possible your image is glossed over a canvas in her upcoming installation. The self-proclaimed people-watcher---who has an "abiding curiosity about people doing anything"---has put together two installations displaying three series of work at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. "The one thing we didn't learn in art school was intuition, and thank goodness I learned over the last 12 years. When I get a strong urge to do something, it always goes against the grain of what's right, but I do it and it always turns out well," says Hartland-Rowe, who studied painting at NSCAD and now teaches in that same department. Her colourful work is displayed upon white walls and depicts people--- familiar and not---suspended in a moment of activity. The images of people close to her are dramatic, while the somewhat imagined figures are hidden in shadowy strokes.

To August 12, opening reception June 2, 3-5pm, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 166 Bedford Highway, 457-6160

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