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Gail
Archival ink Jet
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2014
James
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24x34
2014
Ciara
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24x34
2014
Narin
Archival ink Jet
24x34
2014
Gavin
Archival ink Jet
24x34
2014
Beth
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2014
Cory
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2014

Sarah Weiss
Gravity

During my first semester in graduate school at Rochester Institute of Technology I created this body of work entitled Gravity.

During this series I was questioning the function of the modern portrait. The portrait has traditionally been one way to examine the “inner self.” With these images the subject puts on a performance by trying to look deceased. The extreme detail creates an illusion of plasticity making the portraits feel both real and not at the same time. Their youth creates a contradiction in the idea of performing death clearly pointing out that they are performing. This performance is what again relates to a questioning of the function of the modern portrait.

My subjects were photographed horizontally, which further helped erase their human qualities and take on aspects of a still life. By reorienting them vertically I am referencing the traditional portrait view. This reorientation expresses the gravity holding the subjects in place, creating a disorientation in how they are understood. Gravity is both the force holding them to this world and that which is giving the illusion of death.