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Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart

Photography, Booth 204

Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart is a Toronto-based fine art photographer.  Each of Sage’s portraits tell a story - she captures the feeling of the moment and distills each idea to down its essential emotions.  Sage is heavily invested in what she does, the images have a great deal of person meaning, so she's willing to accept a high cost of discomfort and pain to tell a story through photography.  Most of her work is self-portraiture.  The photographs are pieces of correspondences between the artist and friends, mentors, and the occasional love interest.  With influences from Cindy Sherman to Sandy Skoklund, to even Gregory Crewdson, Sage has managed to create a unique style of photography that can be hard to pin down but is always full of delightful surprises. Sage graduated with a BFA in animation from Concordia University in 2018.  She has received numerous awards and is a Magenta Foundation 2019 special interest category winner (female-identifying), an Emerging Artist Grant recipient from the Toronto Arts Council (2019), and has a solo show Featured Exhibition for the CONTACT festival in 2020.  She is exhibited both within Canada and internationally.  She is 24 years old.