The Bomb (Also) is a Flower, 2010 - Sarah Palmer
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About The Bomb (Also) is a Flower
"I made this photograph during the summer of 2010 in the wrong light for a photograph—in the brightest noon sun. The 'surface' is an old outdoor table into which my cousin had many years prior inserted a mirror. On ...Read More
"I made this photograph during the summer of 2010 in the wrong light for a photograph—in the brightest noon sun. The 'surface' is an old outdoor table into which my cousin had many years prior inserted a mirror. On the table are a piece of seaweed and two melon skins from breakfast. Somehow the symmetry of those skins reminded me of photographs of bombs dropping from planes in World War II. The artist's hand literally hovers above the table; we can see it as we see the shadow of a plane as we fly across the earth. I think of that war quite often, in particular the nuclear attacks on Japan, as my grandfather, a surgeon, performed reconstructive surgeries in the 1950s on victims of the Hiroshima attack. The title, The Bomb (Also) is a Flower was taken, and slightly altered, from one of my favorite poems of William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower," which he wrote toward the end of his life. The poem talks of the end of love, and perhaps its rebirth. Of regret, and fear, and hell, and flowers amid the ruins nonetheless. My work—in particular this series, As A Real House—has always been influenced by poetry and text and asks questions without necessarily providing answers, as a poem might."
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About the Artist
About Sarah Palmer
Capturing a memory and a moment in time, Sarah Palmer uses photography as a medium to explore identity. Layering images and objects to create spatial ...Read More
Capturing a memory and a moment in time, Sarah Palmer uses photography as a medium to explore identity. Layering images and objects to create spatial and textural tension, Palmer allows deliberate as well as accidental factors to make their mark, exposing the vulnerabilities of the medium. In her series As A Real House, Palmer plays with the still life genre, capturing bizarre, often incongruous groupings of objects and fragments. As the artist states, "the work itself is rooted in metaphor, meant to be interrogated, as one would read a poem." Palmer was the recipient of the 2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize and her work has been exhibited at venues including the Galerie für Moderne Fotografie in Berlin and the Center for Photography in Woodstock.Read Less
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