Personal histories are embedded into landscapes. Worn roads, trodden-down lawns, sloped steps and pathways beaten through the bush, are the written proof of accumulated narratives. Sarah Mosca’s practice investigates the process of walking and offer a photographic imprint of these spatial stories. Sheets of large format film are worn on her body, concealed within her clothing as she walks through chosen landscapes. The resulting photographs are time, locale and action collapsed into a single frame. In Mosca’s work the implied cinematic sequence is presented all at once—she creates photographs of experience itself, of everything and nothing, of emulsion and emotion intermingling. Mosca’s durational exposures capture the flickers of light, the patches of darkness and the fluctuations in temperature that characterise certain environments and periods of time. The negatives also respond to the warmth of the artist’s body, poetically registering the exertions and emotions generated by each particular journey.

Drawn to epic and historical tales recounting human will, sorrow and optimism her practice responds to both theoretical texts and pursuits of optimism. Each work threads recurring themes of sorrow and fiction to ask philosophical questions about truth, formlessness and aesthetics, exploring the object-hood and materiality of photographs.

Sarah Mosca lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Recent exhibitions include; Contemporary Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Care, Interstate Projects, New York, Its all beneath the floor, its all between the walls, Vienna, Austria, The Alchemists, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Cataracts and Waterfalls, solo show at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney and the NSW Visual Arts Traveling Fellowship, Artspace, Sydney. Artist Residency programs include; Banff Art Centre in Alberta, Canada, Artspace, Sydney and the NES Artist Residency Program, Iceland. She is the recipient of multiple New Work grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and her work is held in institutions and private collections in Australia, Germany and America.

Sarah Mosca is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery.

She is currently co-director of curatorial initiative SuperKaleidoscope.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.



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