As A Real House
As A Real House, a series which has been evolving over several years, examines dark corners of remembrance, identity, and invention. Exploring my futile attempt to study time by stopping it mid-decay, I look at the medium of photography and my own desire through a prism, breaking each apart into their elements. This work traces my search for the possible and impossible within photography, my desire to understand how ideas and memories are trapped inside, like fossils in rock. Investigating constructions, still lives and found objects, I hope to reveal the vulnerability of both subject and medium, exposing all bodies as written texts, and to catalog photography’s viscera through intentionality and accident, drawing its hushed footsteps along the boundary of the real and the invented, the immediate and the hidden, the desirable and the grotesque.
The series comprises various explorations of image-making and multiple genres – within this, the images range from the seemingly straight to the experimental. The possible disjointedness of these studies is purposeful: it is my hope that the viewer question the connections and possible contradictions within the body of work as I present it. As A Real House asks questions but does not necessarily provide answers. The work itself is rooted in metaphor, meant to be interrogated, as one would read a poem. Herein, one can view desires both personal and universal, as well as uncertainties and doubts about femininity and identity.
Sarah Palmer was born in 1977 in San Francisco, and lives in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts in 2008, where she was awarded an Aaron Siskind Scholarship, and her BA from Vassar College in 1999. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Like the Spice Gallery, Affirmation Arts, in exhibitions at the New York Photo Festival in 2009 and 2011, and most recently at Foam_fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, in summer 2011, among other galleries and pop-up spaces. She has been published in print and online journals and exhibition catalogs, and recently contributed an essay and visual dialogue to Foams Whats Next project. Her first solo exhibition was held at the Wild Project in New York City in Spring 2010. Additionally, she has worked with Rooftop Films, a film festival and production collective, since 2001, and is now on its Board of Directors. She is currently full-time faculty in the Photography program at Parsons The New School for Design. website