Back Talk: A Conversation with Sarah Joncas

June 12, 2012


Toronto-based fine artist Sarah Joncas is set to open a new body of work in Between Wind and Water, a show at Thinkspace Gallery that also features the work of Caia Koopman. The show opens on Saturday, June 16 in Culver City. As a child, Joncas loved to draw dinosaurs and lizards. Things have since changed for the recent graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design's BFA program.

1. One reason you make art:

It makes me feel purposeful and happy.


2. The last good movie you saw:

I recently watched ‘The Big Lebowski’ for the 5th time… The Coen Brothers will always do it for me!


3. Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:

To visit Japan! Though I’d settle at the moment for seeing France or China or anywhere abroad for that matter…



4. Favorite country or city visited:

I haven’t been many places yet, but I really enjoyed seeing Cuba last year. Havana was a beautiful city. Finally saw NYC for the 1st time last spring, as well… If I weren’t so attached to Canada, it’d be a lot of fun to live there! I wish Toronto had a location as beautiful as Central Park.


5. A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:

I’ll always stick to ‘All you need is love’. No matter the cheesiness of the quote, I think when all the pettiness of life has you down, remembering those you care about and those that care about you is all that means anything.


6. Something you want the world to know about you:

I will always try my best to improve!


7. Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:

I think a lot of people are unaware of their behaviour and motives… Often blaming others for problems they cause and are not willing to change for the better, or at least take an introspective look at themselves.


8. Something that concerns you:

There’s a lot that concerns me. Lately, I suppose I’m becoming increasingly bothered by celebrity culture/gossip, materialism, reality TV, plastic surgery… I understand the attraction for people, but being saturated in this atmosphere makes me feel alienated and angry.



9. Artists you admire:

Joe Sorren, Viner, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, Greg Crewdson, Ron English, Edward Hopper, Aaron Wiensfeld, Ralph Steadman, Amano, Lori Earley, Lisa Yuskavage, John Currin… There really are too many though.


10. Favorite quote(s):

I’m not sure I could settle on a favourite, but I’ve always loved “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’, by Gandhi… I also love most every quote from ‘The Tick’! They make me giggle!



11. The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?

I really don’t remember anymore, to be honest... I think it might have been ‘Aenima’, by Tool. At least if we’re counting what I personally bought myself. I’m sure my parents bought me something before that point, something far too embarrassing to admit to, haha.


12. Something you do when you’re procrastinating?

I don’t tend to procrastinate on my personal work, so often if I have to do something else, I’ll just keep painting what I want to paint… Or, I’ll go play with the cats!


13. What is your most defining characteristic?

People tell me I’m very nice and polite, quiet. I guess that probably sounds boring!



14. What is your greatest fear?

Though very unlikely, being left alone in the middle of the ocean at night… I’ll start imagining sharks below me even if it’s a swimming pool at night.


15. The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:

I don’t think I ever had that epiphany moment where I realized ‘I’m an artist!’ I just drew and painted my whole life since I was little and knew I wanted to continue doing it forever. The getting paid for it part never really made me an artist.


16. Your greatest quality:

I can be quite quirky when I’m feeling happy enough to show it.


17. Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:

I worry a lot and lack self confidence. Slowly I get better with these things though! I don’t doubt one day I’ll be unrestrained… Hopefully not just because I’m senile though, mwha.



18. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?

Going to art school in Toronto with only the hope of scholarship money to get me through it. Moving away from home to live alone was a big step in my life. I learned a greater responsibility and maturity because of it.


19. Something you wish you had known five years ago:

I try not to regret things despite the hardship and frustration. You learn more in your mistakes and you try not to repeat them.


20. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?

Honestly, I feel like the only thing I want from myself in life is to be able to sustain as an artist. Mind you, it’d be sooo very awesome to do more than just sustain! I would really love to own a house or live in a house by that point though - I need a studio space. Working out of a bedroom isn’t convenient. It would be a hell of a blast painting murals in every room, too.

'Between Wind and Water'

New works from Sarah Joncas and Caia Koopman

Reception with the artists:

Sat, June 16th 5-9PM

Exhibit on view June 16th - June 30th, 2012

Thinkspace Gallery

Culver City, California