Disruptions 09: Sarah Mihara Creagen / Bioremediation, toxic bodies

November 18, 2022

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Making space for different ways of understanding accessibility

CUAG invites you to join a talk and workshop by artist Sarah Mihara Creagen. This event is free and everyone is welcome!  

We’ll convene on Zoom. Please register here. The first 40 people to register will get a free soil testing kit.

What do healing and repair look like in sick bodies?  The Queer Toronto-based artist Sarah Mihara Creagen has been reflecting on this question in relation to her personal experiences of Crohn’s disease, which includes chronic illness, disability, surgery and long-term infusion medication.

Currently, Sarah explores how experiences of health and queerness may be represented through themes found in bioremediation, the process of using a living organism to detoxify contaminants in the soil and other environments. 

In this talk and workshop, Sarah will visually explore modes of bioremediation, queer transformations through medication and relationships between plant time and crip time.  

Participants will also be guided to use the soil testing kits to creatively think through and explore ideas of measuring and quantifying a “specimen” or sample, as found in nature and our bodies. 

This is the ninth event in CUAG’s “Disruptions: Dialogues on Disability Art” series, intended to generate dialogue about contemporary art as a force for challenging ableism. 

Thank you Disruptions 09 is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Reesa Greenberg Digital Initiatives Fund, Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Feminist Institute of Social Transformation, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, READ Initiative, Carleton Disability Awareness Centre, Graduate Students’ Association and Carleton University Students’ Association.  

Access This event is held on Zoom. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be available. 

Disability accommodations Should you have any disability-related requirements, please email Victoria McGlinchey 


Sarah Mihara Creagen is a white passing mixed-race Japanese Canadian Queer artist currently based in Toronto. Her large-scale drawings have described her and her younger sister’s shared experiences of navigating Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. She received her MFA in 2018 from Hunter College in New York City, and was a 2018/19 Queer|Art Mentorship Fellow.

Sarah has had solo exhibitions in Toronto, New York and Montreal and a recent 2022 solo exhibition at The Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax. Currently, Sarah is working towards a solo show in spring 2023 with Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario. She is also currently collaborating with Zoe Hayes (a Queer gardener, librarian and herbalist) and the City of Hamilton to create an active public bioremediation garden project, starting in late 2022 and operating through 2023.