Tomorrow night in Melbourne Perimeter Books launch Second Sight by Sarah Walker, the winner of the inaugural 2018 Perimeter Small Book Prize. Please join them from 6-8pm this Friday, 2 November at Perimeter HQ (748 High St, Thornbury). All are welcome.
Taking its bearings from the adage that seeing is believing, the debut book from young Melbourne photographer Sarah Walker, Second Sight, assumes a cynical vantage on our collective relationship with spirituality, faith, ritual and the search for meaning. Utilising the trickery of photography, Walker reframes and appropriates fragments of the everyday to imbue them with the loaded atmosphere of the ephemeral and the arcane. The resulting body of work proves as speculative and enigmatic as it is arresting and dynamic – a space where the image of refracted light, moving water or birds in flight becomes a foil for arcing bodily gestures, clasped hands, arrangements of rocks and abstracted, deconstructed portraiture. Here, we find ourselves enmeshed in the artifice of this fraught search for meaning, where each and every instance becomes a potential sign.
“Photography itself is ritualistic and performative, and at times requires repetitive action to achieve its intended results,” writes the artist. “It has a creator.” As such, Walker posits her photographic practice to operate in a kind of unlikely parallel to that of spiritual practices. “Similar to those who project meaning onto refracted light, this body of work re-contextualises and uses the connection between images to depict a new grasp on reality. My own spiritual space.”
Sarah Walker (b. 1991) is a photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work includes the use of found imagery, video and sculptural works. She is interested in using photography to deconstruct reality and examine ideas relating to the human condition. Walker’s work has featured in various publications including Der Greif Guest-Room curated by Jörg Colberg, Phases Magazine, The Heavy Collective, The Latent Image, Terra Firma and the book A Place Both Wonderful and Strange (Fuego Books, Murcia). She has exhibited in Australia and abroad.
Second Sight is 104 pages, 20.5 x 28.5 cm, section sewn, cold glue bound softcover n an edition of 500.
Editors: Justine Ellis & Dan Rule
Design: Sarah Walker & Erin Callaghan
Perimeter Small Book Prize Curatorium: Emma Phillips, Felix Wilson, Lizzie Stafford, Justine Ellis & Dan Rule
If you’re unable to make the launch you can order a copy online at: perimetereditions.com