Sarah Small BFA
Small was born in 1979 in Washington, D.C., to two musicians. She spent
her high school years photographing her freckled and (usually) cooperative
younger sister, Rachel. In 1997, Sarah began her studies at the Rhode
Island School of Design where
she was awarded a merit scholarship. Since graduation in 2001, her images
have been showcased in publications including Life Magazine, The New York
Times, Visionaire, Surface, Planet, Psychology Today, Playgirl, XLR8R,
Resonance, Topic, and Shots Magazine. Sarah has received numerous
photography awards and has exhibited in group and solo shows nationally
not photographing, Sarah spends her free time singing and performing with
Yasna Voices, a small, Brooklyn-based Bulgarian Women's Choir. Every day
for the past eight years, Sarah has taken a Polaroid of herself. She plans
on pursuing this project for life.
ambition is to carry on her search for images that move her, eventually
nurture a family, and continue to engage all her musical interests.
make photographs that capture spontaneous, theatrical moments. These
images serve as a serio-comic dreamscape featuring vivid candy colors,
tight cropping and cinematic rhythm. Although each image can stand
alone, they are meant to flow together like a line of film stills
captured at climactic moments.
explore the dichotomy between the severe and mundane, the odious and
humorous, the grotesque and terrifying, the filthy, the erotic, the sexy,
the uncanny, and the primal. This process yields work that is
bound thematically by psychological content and emotional interplay.
images are meant to provoke ambivalent and contradictory responses in the
viewer--an enjoyable, yet mysterious imbalance, a rocking back and forth
between projection and introspection. I imagine viewers are unbalanced,
but not out of sync.