Sarah Feinmann

Master of Fine Art

Contact student

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I am investigating memory, a history of a place, and the overlooked.   My practice explores urban dereliction and the throwaway society that consumes, discards and is left to decay.  I capture the visceral elements that connect to a place and moment in time, by exploring deteriorating surfaces that expose their materiality. As a multi-disciplinary artist, I work with photography, found material assemblages, printmaking and video. I use documentary photography to observe and reflect on the world around as I am intrigued by those elements so often disregarded, reflecting moments of loss or change.  I am drawn to apertures, the out of place, deteriorated signs and ghost images. By projecting these photographs onto a layered fabric screen the broken nature of these industrial ruins is intensified. 

My work takes a cyclical journey with certain underlying themes of found materials, layering, distressed surfaces, traces and trails. In the fabric assemblages, I use deconstructed table linens as¬†the structure and patterns, lend themselves to the apertures and barriers of the buildings.¬†Part of my process is to¬†find ways of distressing the materials¬†that mark or stain the surface. ¬†I¬†found that by burying the linens in the compost bin I could discolour and distress the fabric by marking and blemishing the surface. ¬†I refer to this process as ‚Äėcompost harvesting‚Äô and have recorded the stages of this process in the ‚ÄúHistory of a Cloth‚ÄĚ video. These pieces are used in the fabric assemblages which in turn reflect the documentary photographs of urban dereliction.¬†¬†