AGOG presents Sarah Hicks: Home in Unexpected Places


Art Gallery of Golden
Art Gallery of Golden
516 9th Ave N, Golden, BC


Fri 05 Jul 2024 - Sat 03 Aug 2024


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AGOG presents Sarah Hicks: Home in Unexpected Places. Artis Opening Reception Friday July 5 from 5:00 - 7:00pm Sarah Hicks is a place-based artist that uses a fluid wash of acrylic and watercolour to capture dreamscapes of the vast Canadian landscape. As an artist, her goal is to capture the breathtaking beauty of the natural world we live and recreate in in her paintings to share with others. Sarah believes that our connection to the environment is a vital part of our existence, and it is her hope that her work will inspire others to cherish and protect it.

About The Event

We are very pleased to welcome Sarah Hicks Home in Unexpected Places

Artist Statement

Spending extended periods in the backcountry has truly enriched my life. It’s where I find a sanctuary to slow down amidst the rush of everyday life and challenge myself beyond limits. Immersed in BC’s pristine wilderness, I connect deeply with nature, engaging both mind and body. Trips dedicated to climbing, skiing, and hiking often mark significant personal growth, resonating with many others who share these transformative journeys. These natural settings, whether a snowy hut, a tent on granite, or a shelter perched high above glaciers, gradually become sanctuaries away from home.

Home, in its essence, is twofold: a physical haven and an emotional refuge. In the wilderness, where nature dictates conditions and tests our resilience, makeshift camps and familiar landscapes offer both safety and solace. They provide respite from the challenges posed by the environment and our own physical and mental limits. Over time, these wild places begin to evoke a sense of belonging akin to home.

In such environments, ‘home’ transcends its traditional meaning. It evolves into a place of profound connection and comfort amidst rugged terrains and unpredictable elements. Here, we find echoes of safety and familiarity amidst the unknown, forging bonds with landscapes that shape our personal narratives. In the backcountry, where each climb or ski run becomes a chapter of growth, these sanctuaries become our homes away from home—a testament to the enduring relationship between humans and the wilderness.

Home in a literal sense is the place that you live, that over time is a place of comfort, security, and safety. Spending extended time in the backcountry has become a special part of my life. It’s a place where I can both slow down the pace of day-to-day life and push myself to see what I am capable of. By doing so, I can fully immerse my whole mind and body in the wilderness we’re so lucky to have in BC. Many trips I take into the backcountry for climbing, skiing, and hiking become pivotal markers of growth in my life, and I know many others can say the same.

Because of these intimate experiences we have in nature, the places we set-up camp or continuously return to can often start to feel a little like a home away from home. A place where we can find a sense of safety, ease, and rest from the sometimes-difficult conditions, whether caused by nature itself or by pushing our physical and mental limits. Huts covered in snow, tents scattered on granite slabs, tin shelters cradled amongst rocky crags high above the glaciers below. We start to find home in unexpected places.

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