Sasha French

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THE HEIGHTS III
THE HEIGHTS III
FOUND WAITING (DIPTYCH)
FOUND WAITING (DIPTYCH)
DRYAD I
DRYAD I
DRYAD II
DRYAD II

ARTIST PROFILE

French was born and raised in the Florida keys, to a family who left much behind in Cuba, but was richly filled with musicians and artists. Spending her formative years performing in local and regional theatre programs and studying classical piano laid the groundwork for her diverse creative life. While pursuing a BFA in dance at the University of Florida, she worked in arts in medicine and founded a touring company, Hemisphere DANCE.

After university, French toured with Moving Current Dance Collective, performed with professional theatre companies, worked as faculty at local colleges, and as a guest artist in museums and schools. Continuing to create and perform work, French went to work for the American Dance Festival at Duke University and finally returned to the University of Florida as an Artist-in-Residence. French has spent the last 12 years creating physically demanding work layered with cultural, historical, and personal narratives. Her work has been hailed as “gratifying to watch” and has been showcased in Florida, New York, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Canada.

An international move brought her to Ontario in 2014, where she worked as a teaching artist and in dance therapy for long term care. In 2015, after the birth of her first child, her daily practice shifted. Creating in all the stolen moments of motherhood, continuing to study and develop her visual art practice alongside caring for an infant, and continuing to fight for space of self. French is currently residing in Atlantic Canada and a participant in a year long Artist Residency in Motherhood program (ARIM). The focus of this residency is to challenge the narrative that being an engaged mother and a serious artist are mutually exclusive endeavors. She is documenting her daily processes and creating large panels and many many many small works collaboratively with her two young daughters.