This mural by Toronto-based artist Sarah Davidson weaves together timeless and familiar features of the Brick Works’s local ecosystem and ecology. Here, a milk snake meanders under the wing of a swallowtail butterfly as the eyes of a gray tree frog observe a snapping turtle—all the while remaining somewhat obscured in their tangled web of natural forms. Their interconnectedness makes a vital and complex reference to nature’s intricate network and prompts the question: who’s seeing who, and how?
Sarah Davidson (they/she, b. 1989) lives and works in Tkaronto/Toronto. They work primarily between drawing and painting, and often borrow directly from nature through a queer ecological lens. They were a finalist in the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, and their work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver (2022); Feuilleton, Los Angeles (2021); and Erin Stump Projects, Toronto (2019). They have exhibited in group shows at Cassandra Cassandra, Toronto (2020); Unit 17, Vancouver (2019); The New Gallery, Calgary (2017); and Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University (2015), among others.
Swamp Walk is a collaboration between Evergreen’s Outdoor Education and Public Art. The Evergreen Public Art Program is a series of curated and temporary public art projects that respond to the Indigenous, cultural, ecological, and industrial histories of the Evergreen Brick Works site and surrounding ravine system.