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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Sarah Smith

Sarah
Smith

SPE Member since 2011
Member Chapter: South Central

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Standing Still Won't Stop Anything
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Dogs Can't Read Watches
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Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Keep The Love Alive
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Always Looking Forward With A Tilted Head and Lifted Chin
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Holes and Mounds Part Two
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Love Me Tender, Love Me True
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
No Longer A Princess
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Shrouded Beefcake
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Always
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Everything Can Be Good And Everything Can Be Cheap
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
For Pliny
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Birthing In The Hot Summer Sun
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Untitled
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
That Summer Skin Will Fade
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
The Present Past
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Walls Are Thick With Truth
Pigment Inkjet Print

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Untitled

Sarah Smith

SPE member since 2011
Untitled

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ARTIST STATEMENT The greatest failure of photography is its inherent nostalgia. It forces us to constantly look backwards, filling present voids with imperfect depictions of the past. Photographs promise something permanent yet their very existence is a direct result of how ephemeral the experiences they represent actually are. They fall pitifully short in capturing the essence of what we want them to represent, yet we still expect them to act as stand-ins for the past. My work, while stemming from autobiographical experiences, investigates our relationship, expectations, and attachment to the photographic image. The images are direct, photographed with an objective distance that hovers between the intimate and the analytic. Linear time is disregarded as the very existence of a photograph is an interruption to that system. Photographs can be reflected on with both sorrow and delight as their presence suggests a glimpse of our past, present, and future all in one moment. The expectation that photography can be equated with foreverness is undone through images of unending landscapes, ailing pets, and the nostalgia associated with vernacular images and documents.

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