Sarah Palmer, "Birth of the World", from the series "As A Real House", 2009, digital c-print, 24 x 30

Sarah Palmer, “Birth of the World”, from the series “As A Real House”, 2009, digital c-print, 24 x 30

Sarah Palmer

“As A Real House”, a body of work I have been building over the last year, evolved from previous work, which sought memory, lost time, and hints of the absent-present in landscapes, rooms, and objects. As A Real House turns these ideas inward, departing from a critical exploration of the sentimental and the sweet, and moves into darker corners of remembrance, identity, and invention. The work explores my futile attempt to study time by stopping it mid-decay, while looking at the medium of photography and my own desire through a prism, breaking them apart into their elements, their beams of color. I seek both the possible and impossible within photography, desiring to understand how ideas and memories are trapped inside, like layers of rock. By looking concurrently at different scales, I hope to reveal the vulnerability of both subject and medium, to expose all bodies as written texts, to watch as one system overtakes another.

Sarah Palmer was born in 1977 in San Francisco, California. She received her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2008, and her BA from Vassar College in 1999. Her first solo exhibition of As A Real House was held at Wild Project (NYC) in 2010, and she has exhibited in group shows at venues such as Affirmation Arts, the Tobacco Warehouse at the 2009 New York Photo Festival, and Visual Arts Gallery, all in NYC. Sarah is a visiting critic and artist at SVA and Adelphi University, as well as a portfolio reviewer and juror for several organizations, including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Art Director’s Club, and Rooftop Films, where she is currently Treasurer on their Board. Her photographs have appeared in The Big Picture magazine, The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, Visual Arts Journal, and Metropolis Magazine, among others.