I try to avoid blogging about the highlight artist from Artistaday (a fantastic site that helps keep me updated on what is going on outside of my small life in northern New Hampshire), but when I saw a photographer from Hudson, New Hampshire was the artist of the day, I was sold.
It’s not often that I stumble upon an artist from my home state whose work is so damn interesting and both beautiful and revolting. (It doesn’t hurt that we have the same middle name) Sarah Ann Loreth does not say on her website, or her facebook, when she was born or if she went to school for art. She has, however, been highlighted in Vogue, created the cover art for many books, been published in several magazines (including Leveled, Lost Freedom, Lost in Thought, Grae, Musetouch and Illusory) and her work was selected for the cover of a Florence+ the Machine charity album.
Artist Statement: Sarah Ann Loreth does not take photographs; she creates them from scenes she pulls from deep within her psyche. Sarah is a fine art photographer from New Hampshire, who specializes in self-portraiture. In her work she tries to covey a quiet stillness of emotion with a connection to her natural surroundings. From her use of color she creates a reality found only in her imagination but so unbelievably human. She toes the line between darkness and light, unafraid to explore themes that others may find uncomfortable. Through death, destruction, suicide, or abandon, Sarah examines the darker side of the human spirit. With photographs full of stories and symbolism she sees a life in death that shouldn’t be feared. Her work evokes a connection from the viewer, a feeling of oneness of the human experience and a mystery that leaves you wondering what will happen next.
“I love the work of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. I am inspired by their dark examining of their inner workings. … I want my audience to feel. …I want them to feel connected to the human condition.” (Quiet Lunch Magazine)
Would “Sick” a photograph about a very personal issue, have been more powerful and meaningful if it was a self-portrait?
Here is a pretty cool interview with Loreth about her techniques and experience with project 365 (one photo a day, for a year)
And who are the photographers that inspire you? Gosh there are so many. I also adore Cindy Sherman, Sally Mann, Diane Arbus, and Tim Walker! I don’t know, I am just so drawn to photographers that are able to tell stories and see the world in a different unusual way.
To what degree do you plan or envision your photographs before taking them? Pretty much almost completely. I don’t feel I create my best work when I “wing it”. My best work is created when I sketch out my details and completely think out what I’m trying to achieve. I like to have my concepts at least detailed a few weeks before the shoot.
I am especially interested in and inspired by her work that includes animals in one way or another. I like how she uses antlers as a mask or identity modifier…
Octopi and naked women may not be original imagery, but I like this photograph anyways.
To Have Gills still uses an animal to modify identity, but rather than placing antlers etc on her person, Loreth attempts to consume or internalize as a mode of transformation. It gives me the willies!
Loreth does have an etsy shop, but doesn’t seem to use it too much.