Sarah Tulloch


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I work with a variety of found photographic materials including 35mm slides, 16mm film and photograph collections. The contingent nature of the source material allows me to re-use and re-invent. I have an interest in everyday or anonymous subjects, the effect of juxtaposition and the re-used photograph as trace removed from its context.

I construct an archive of sources that were once specific but become representative. These ‘ tiny, linked moments [that evidence] how we mark time on this earth’[1] present both a challenge and fascination to me. I seek to create works that have one foot in the imagination and one foot in the source imagery.

My influences include photomontage artists from Hannah Hoch to John Stezaker. I use juxtaposition, cuts and tears and am interested in what Ranciere identifies as the dual nature of the aesthetic image, the possibility to simultaneously be a ‘cipher of history and interruption to it’.

I am currently showing new works from Cut Series in RIFT at Baltic 39. Supported by Arts Council England I have developed a working process with digital printmaker Jack Lowe that allows me to use scale to unhinge the customary relationship to photographs normally handled in an album or the palm of the hand. Once printed at a larger scale details of the surface texture that were previously invisible become evident, a different spatial relationship to thework becomes possible.

Another project, ‘Newspaper heads’ was recently shortlisted for Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics and showcased on the Photoworks website. Recent exhibitions include Terra Incognita by MIMA Emerging Curators and Poster show by Plus Arts Projects, the Major’s Parlour, London.

I graduated from Bristol School of Art and Design with First Class Honours in 2005. I was then awarded the UWE/Spike Island Graduate Fellowship 2006-7 and exhibited New Slide Works at Spike Island in 2007. At the same time I was selected for a Small Wonders Award with Picture This and my 16mm films entitled Double Exposure were selected for the shorts programme, Ways to Walk, at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. I was awarded an AHRC grant to study full-time for an MFA at Newcastle University and graduated with distinction. A Rednile commission with Berwick Film and Media Festival followed. I was also included in a group show Oasis that featured work from Juneau projects, Tessa Farmer and Heather and Ivan Morrison. Sarah lives and works in Newcastle

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