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Sarah Heuninck is a contemporary painter currently working in Detroit, Michigan.  She received her BFA from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta in 2013, and received her MFA from Wayne State University in 2023.  Through experimental painting and material investigation, her work explores themes of temporality, transformation, and humanity’s relationship to nature.  Her current body of work uses fragments of materials including brick, asphalt and glass sourced from local shorelines in Detroit.  Recent exhibitions of her work include the Art in the Legislature exhibit at the Anderson House Office Building in Lansing, Michigan and the Annual Scholarship Exhibition at the Detroit Artists Market.     


My painting practice explores ideas of transformation, ecological changes and processes, and the nature and behaviors of materials found in our environments.  I work with diluted powder pigments, pouring them over canvas to create a layering of ambiguous forms dusted with sediment.  Some of these pigments I make from locally sourced materials that have washed up on the shorelines of Detroit, including bricks, asphalt, soil and glass.  By intentionally weathering and crushing these materials I am investigating their temporality and mimicking the sorts of deterioration that were already at play in nature. 


I am interested in humanity’s relationship to the Earth, the materials we have introduced into our environments, and the dichotomy between the natural and the manufactured worlds.  One world impacts the other and the two collide, meld and respond to one another.  In this nature I approach my work, dancing a line between control and chance, where I am allowing the materials to act freely and deciding when and where to respond or interrupt them.  The imagery that results bounces between the micro and the macro, and is resemblant of sublime landscapes, environmental erosion, and the metamorphosis of worlds.   



2023    Master of Fine Arts Degree, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

2013    Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta




2023    Public Pool, Hamtramck, Michigan - When Nature Calls

2023    Wayne State Galleries, Detroit, Michigan – MFA Thesis Exhibition ‘Aggregate’    

2022    Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, Michigan - Annual Scholarship Exhibition

2022    Anderson House Office Building, Lansing, Michigan - Art in the Legislature

2013    Hess Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta - BFA Graduating Class Exhibition

2012    The Arts Project, London, Ontario - Fanshawe College Student Exhibition




2020-23  Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

              James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History Talent Scholarship - 2022-2023

              Graduate Teaching Assistantship - 2021-2022

              Graduate Teaching Assistantship - 2020-2021

              Art Activity Award - 2020, 2021, 2022




2023    “2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition ‘Aggregate’ Shows Off the Work of WSU Artists”, Madeline Beck, The South End,                        March 28, 2023. 


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