Sandra Brewster is a Toronto born visual artist making work that engages representation and identity. She enjoys the play involved in exploring and discovering ways of expressing her ideas. Her mediums are pencil, charcoal and acrylic.
Ways I Work
Favourite artist(s) right now
Kara Walker will always be one of my favourite artists, I also love Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Stan Douglas... there are so many artists whose work and careers are inspiring to me.
Favourite musical artist / band right now
One of my favourite singers is Cassandra Wilson. I've recently been listening to a lot of Gil Scott Heron.
Beverage of choice
What do you listen to when you work?
Music tracks that are long and rhythmic like those of Fela Kuti and Miles Davis. I also listen to a series of podcasts.
Everyone should know about
The Neti Pot and Fred Moten
Your favourite spot in Toronto right now
A patio during the summer where I can chill with friends and family.
My favourite medium is charcoal although I like working with all sorts of mediums including stop motion animation. I've also been enjoying the imperfect nature of gel transfers.
When did you start making art, and why?
I've always been making art. I love playing with materials and telling stories visually.
Eve's Bayou and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I love Ava DuVernay's films as well.
Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?
Art encourages us to reflect on things greater than ourself.