Sand Castles

Jackie McLaughlin
April 8 to September 15, 2024


Jackie McLaughlin, Sand Castles, 2024, Moss, sand, metal, and stone.


Artist Jackie McLaughlin’s new installation Sand Castles is an exploration of ecological consciousness and environmental awareness. Rooted deeply within these themes, McLaughlin delves into the dynamics of creation, industrialism, and the inherent struggles between humanity and the natural world. Through her experimental sculpture, McLaughlin provides a poignant commentary on the fraught relationship between nature and humanity.

McLaughlin’s abstract sculpture, crafted from preserved moss, symbolizes the fragile balance of nature and its potential for growth and renewal. The juxtaposition of the natural elements – sand and manicured greenery – with industrial metal creates a poignant visual narrative. While the sand and greenery evoke notions of creation and harmony, the metal represents the relentless march of industrial progress, often at the expense of ecological integrity.

McLaughlin’s Sand Castles invites viewers to contemplate the interplay between humanity and the environment, urging us to reflect on our role as stewards of the Earth’s precious resources. It serves as a call to action, challenging us to reevaluate our relationship with nature and strive for a more sustainable future.



Jackie McLaughlin is an installation artist, object maker, and creative director based on the unceded territory of the syilx/Okanagan people. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC, Okanagan Campus, and now operates her floral artistry company JAM Florals. McLaughlin is known for her concept driven installations using natural resources and is deeply inspired by nature’s organic artistry, expression, and seasonality. Her artistic practice seeks to apply methods that are least harmful to our environment, avoiding the use of foams, chemicals, and single-use plastics, and practicing sustainable foraging and sourcing.




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