My interdisciplinary arts practice uses still and moving images to creatively architect and critically reconfigure archival histories and events.
Beginning from an interest in the neurological function of perception, my work explores the affect that consciousness – be it personal or collective – has on the construction of subjectivity, and our understanding of time, space and our place within it. Not only am I interested in what I see in the landscapes and spaces explored by my work, but also what I see as being silent. Challenging the concept of time as being linear or finite, I use imaging techniques drawn from photography and screen media to bring unseen energies into the perceptual field.
A desire to communicate and subtly transform dominant perceptions about significant cultural spaces and the subjects who inhabit them conceptually unfolds much of my creative process. Emerging from a site-specific framework, initial research reads mainstream records against interviews recorded with local community groups. Intersecting personal narratives with my own critical and creative explorations, I use digital media to re-present hidden stories, creating speculative histories and activating narrative propositions that seek change the way we think about both past and future realities.
Using performance and storytelling devices to illustrate my ideas, embodied sensations are interwoven with personal histories, imagined stories and an exploration of cultural events. What results is work that evokes the haunting of a past that cannot be fully comprehended, and the complexity of an emerging present that is based on myth.
Sarah-Mace Dennis, 2016.