Sarah Palmer was born in San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited at Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Foam_fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam, as well as in Dublin, Berlin, and Madrid in recent years. Her work was recently included in the exhibition Reflected – Works from the Foam Collection at Foam in Amsterdam, which holds her work in its permanent collection; in Room for the Whole Wide World, at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia; and in Wonderland at the Invisible Dog. She was awarded the 2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize and has had solo exhibitions at Wild Project in 2010, and at Aperture Gallery in fall 2012, both in New York. Her writing has been published variously, including Foam’s What’s Next project in 2011 and Aperture’s 2014 volume, The Photographer’s Playbook. She teaches at Parsons The New School for Design and The Pratt Institute.
Sarah’s photography-based art practice seeks to reexamine the ordinary, transfiguring base into radiant. Created at a relatively small scale, the works’ initial intimacy reveals a disconnect of subjectivity. The picture plane is intended to present a question, a conundrum, causing the viewer to question their point of view. The works are non-indexical – their “subjects” are not equivalent to their literal representation but are more ephemeral, metaphorical, as a series of poems.