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JACKSON, Sarah Jeanette

Detroit, Michigan, 1924
Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004
Biography synopsis
Sarah Jackson (nee Sherman) studied sculpture and received a BA from the University of London in 1946. After graduating from Wayne State University (Detroit) with an MA in 1948, she travelled across the western United States to Mexico and taught sculpture and lectured in Art History at Mexico City College in summer 1948. A year later she moved to London, England where she married British architect Anthony Jackson; she produced a number of sculptural works that were integrated with buildings designed by her husband. In 1956 she participated in the exhibition "This Is Tomorrow" held at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, where she and a group of artists including her husband showed their works. The same year they moved to Ottawa and later lived in Toronto. In 1978, Jackson was appointed artist in residence at Technical University of Nova Scotia. Jackson's later work often involved collaborations in her explorations of various media including mail art, copier art, and artist's books; additionally, she was among the first artists to explore computer arts. She participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and major European cities. Her work is held in the Canadian Postal Museum, the Hirschhorn Museum, the Smithsonian Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as the Art Museum of Nova Scotia where a retrospective exhibition of her work was held in 2001.
Media used
Artists' books
Computer art
Copy art
Mail art
File & Archive locations
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
Art Gallery of Hamilton Archives, ON
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
University of Calgary Library, AB
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC - Media Centre
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
London Public Library, ON
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library

Writings about
Bromley, Peter. "Sarah Jackson." Visual Arts News 1 (Fall 1977): 6-7.
Charent, Brian. "An Interview with Sarah Jackson." Art Magazine 6:20 (Winter 1975) 14-17
Coleman, Tom. "Xerox Art is No Copycat". Globe and Mail 3 Jul. 1976
Liss, David. "Copy Art: What Happened to the Pioneers?" Artfocus 4 (Winter 1996): 20-23
MacDonald, Ramona. Sarah Jackson Halifax, Nova Scotia: Doomsday Studios, 1981
McKeeman, Karl. "Printmaking in Nova Scotia." Artmagazine 8: 31-32 (Mar/Apr 1977): 18-22
Pacey, Elizabeth. "The Artist and the Machine." Atlantic Advocate 67.9 (May 1977): 62-65
Robert, Guy. "Eros et humour chez Sarah Jackson." Vie des Arts 20 (Printemps 1975): 30-31
Robertson, Emily. Pushing the Envelope: The Evolution of Mail Art in Canada. M.A. Thesis, Montreal, QC: Concordia University, 2007
Rouve, Pierre. "Sculpture de Sarah Jackson". Prisme des arts 6 (Nov 1956): 42
Smyth, Donna E. "Metamorphosis: Sarah Jackson and Xerography." Atlantis 2 (1): 40-45 (Fall 1976)
Thompson, Alexa. "Digital Colours: Sarah Jackson's Copier Art." Arts Atlantic 8:2 (Winter1988): 37-40
Tudor, Kathleen. "Sarah Jackson: Art and Community." Atlantis 11: (Fall 1985): 134-138

Writings by
Jackson, Sarah. "One Artist and Her Philosophy." Atlantis 13:2 (Spring 1988):115, 118.

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