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A flush (of mushrooms, a flushing IV), 2023

Toxic Bodies
Sarah Mihara Creagen

On view until June 3, 2023

Sarah Mihara Creagen's new body of work explores plants used in bioremediation processes (working with living organisms to heal or restore contaminated environments). She considers this bioremediation activity through personal experiences of her mixed-race Japanese Canadian background, queerness, chronic illness and disability while living with Crohn’s Disease.  

Please note: Masking is required to visit the gallery. KN95 masks are provided on site courtesy of FCG's Mask Bank.  

Read more on our website.
IV infusion bag with oyster mushrooms growing out of a midway slit.
Artists in the Medical System
Sarah Mihara Creagen in conversation with Madhini Nirmal and Spence Moore

Virtual discussion
Wed, May 24, 2023 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Register for free on Zoom 

Join current exhibiting Forest City Gallery artist Sarah Mihara Creagen in a virtual talk with artists and nurses-in-training Madhini Nirmal and Spence Moore. The three artists met while attending an MFA graduate studies program in New York City together, pre-pandemic. Madhini and Spence are now both currently in academic programs training to be registered nurses.

Sarah, Madhini and Spence will explore how their practices as artists influence their experiences as patients and nurses within the medical system.

This talk is free and open to all. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Madhini Nirmal is a Southern Indian painter, printmaker, and nurse-in-training currently based in Seattle who is halfway through her program.

Spence Moore is an artist and graduate nurse based out of New York who uses photography and memes to produce her diaristic works about transition, illness, and life.

Sarah Mihara Creagen is a queer artist currently based in Toronto, making work about experiences of chronic illness, disability, and Crohn's disease. Her exhibition, Toxic Bodies, is currently on view at Forest City Gallery until June 3, 2023.
Read Kim Neudorf's review of Toxic Bodies for Akimbo:

"While at times, the exhibition plays with a certain layer of affect invoked by ideas of toxicity and more visceral roles performed by actual and implied bodies, the underlying spirit, evidenced by Creagen’s attention to detail, is more sensitive, intimate, and darkly funny than merely grotesque. [...] In the midst of this invasive, even if humorous depiction of a medical procedure, we are allowed a glimpse of life beyond the fixed nowness of the present."
Left: Sarah Mihara Creagen, Hyperaccumulating at my infusion every 7 weeks (detail)
2023, drawing on watercolour paper
Visiting FCG: 
Construction-related detours for East London

Forest City Gallery is free to the public and no registration is required. For the duration of Toxic Bodies, we ask all visitors to wear masks.

FCG is located along the 02 and 20 bus routes through the London Transit Commission (LTC). There is ongoing construction along Dundas Street between Ontario Street and Egerton, and also along Quebec Street between Oxford Street and Elias Street. The Quebec Street overpass is currently closed to motor vehicle traffic, but is available for cycle and pedestrian access. Sidewalks along Quebec are open.

This map indicates road closures, detours, and temporary bus stops. Visit the LTC website for up-to-date information about Route 02 and 20 bus detours:
Route 02 Detours | Route 20 Detours

If you are driving, there is designated parking beside the gallery! Biking and walking are always encouraged when possible, and bike racks are available in front of the Gallery and across the street at Anderson Craft Ales.

FCG is open Wednesday - Saturday,12:00 - 5:00 PM, and until 7pm on Thursdays. 
We will be closed on Saturday, May 20 for the Statutory Holiday.

Our mailing address is:
1025 Elias Street, London, Ontario, N5W 3P6, Canada

FCG's programs and exhibitions are free and accessible to all thanks to the
generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council,
London Arts Council, and the London Community Foundation. 

We are grateful to our artists, members, volunteers, donors, and community partners.
Our operations rely on your generous and dedicated support.

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For information on our programming, or for other general inquiries
please contact the gallery at info@forestcitygallery.com

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