Sarah Elise Abramson: The Cosmos in the Chaos

February 10, 2015 11:18 PM

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Photographer Sarah Elise Abramson's aesthetic is at the intersection of the poetic and unsettling, the creepy and beautiful, the subversive and classically Romantic. She is an omnivorous and voracious collector and documenter of found images and objects, as well as the engineer of invented, quasi-mystical visual narratives. Her haunting, mysterious images plumb the depths of allegory in their sun-spattered views, with the ticklish allure of glimpsing something private. Since adolescence she has rarely been without a camera in her hand, and still prefers what she calls "the physicality" of the 35mm and polaroid films she learned on. Even as her style and technique unceasingly evolve and expand, her early impulses to photograph the wonders of nature, the people she knows, and life's randomly surreal surprises still drive her.

Both the subject matter of her photographs and the contents of her home and studio demonstrate an acquisitive appreciation for living nature, eccentric characters and salvaging the discarded. In her search for inspiration, she is an intrepid explorer and she prefers to work outside. "I like to walk ...

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