“found___and___lost” is the current photo exhibit by Sarah Johnson at Outpost Winona. This years-long, ongoing project applies surprisingly moving attention to everyday objects, and in the process explores what it means to be lost — or found.
“Themes of loss have long run through my artwork,” said artist Sarah Johnson, “particularly in recent years as I processed the death of my mother, and the end of a significant relationship. This latest exhibition builds off of those past projects and what I discovered is that my focus has naturally shifted from loss to discovery, finding and being found.”
Until now, these photos have lived a solitary existence in a private Instagram account. The public is now invited to open gallery hours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to follow found___and___lost, and contribute their own photos and/or stories of loss and discovery (email to email@example.com). Additionally, all are invited to an artist’s reception at 8 p.m. on April 21, which will include an interactive discussion facilitated by Johnson followed by a dance party hosted by DJ Rhumpshaker. Outpost will also be hosting a social hour with Johnson during Midwest Music Fest on Saturday, April 28, at 3 p.m.
Johnson, who is trained as a therapist, describes art as “therapeutic, a mode of expression and great connector to other humans.” She expresses hope that this exhibit will inspire others to share their stories of discovery and loss. “What does it mean to be lost, or found? What can we gain from being lost? And how can we help support each other through these common experiences is what most interests me.”