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Sarah Davidson

Susan Sontag coined the expression "scopeaphilia" - the love of looking.

"Perspectives" is a series of images that use intense colour and texture to excite and intrigue the viewer. My work highlights details in everyday scenes that are usually overlooked and captivates the viewer as they try to conjure up an idea of what each image may be. However, the exhibition is not solely for this purpose. I produce fascinating images from plain beginnings. The idea arose from a study of microscopic bacteria and the forms that high magnification revealed.

The initial photographs were taken in a disused psychiatric hospital that had been left empty and been partially vandalised. Consequently, the atmosphere of neglect left me feeling unnerved and I found it very satisfying to make such striking images from a building which was in such a state of decay. Subsequent work was undertaken in schools, abandoned houses and other buildings.

"Perspectives" is an exhibition of up to 40 images (depending of the size of the gallery), shown in 20"x20" perspex frames. The images are sandwiched between layers of clear and opaque perspex, which are either attached by screws to a wall of bolted together and hung by wire.

Education:
University of Brighton, BA (Hons) Editorial Photography 2:ii
Bourneville College of Art and Design, BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design, Distinction in Photography
Haywards Heath College, 2 A-level passes in design and Spanish
Cheltenham Ladies College, 10 GSCE passes, 1-AS Level and 1 A-level in Biology
Permanent Exhibitions:
Okinami Japaneese Restaurant - Sushi Show
Smiths of Smithfield, London
Exhibition Experience - The "Perspectives" Tour
March 1998 Komedia, Brighton, East Sussex
July 1998 University of Brighton Graduate Show, Brighton, East Sussex
Nov-Dec 1998 Mono Gallery, Hove, East Sussex
Jan 1999 Jelly Leg'd Chicken Gallery, Reading, Berks
April 1999 Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on Sea, Essex
June-July 1999 Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington, Co.Durham
July-Aug 1999 South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berks
Sept 1999 Bradford Design Exchange, Bradford, Yorks
Oct 1999 Myrioscope Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex
Nov 99-Feb 00 Bristol Touring Exhibition, Bristol
Jan-Feb 2000 Crescent Arts, Scarborough
March-April 2000 Folly Gallery, Lancaster
April-May 2000 Rotherham Arts Centre, Rotherham
June-Aug 2000 Strood Library Gallery, Strood, Kent
Nov-Dec 2000 Sevenoaks Library Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent
Nov-Dec 2000 Sui Generis Gallery, Chelenham, Glos
Jan-Feb 2001 exhibit, Sheffield
April 2001 Moot Hall, Daventry
Jul-Sept 2001 Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough
Jan 2002 Tavistock Wharf Gallery, Tavistock, devon
Reviews:
Nov 1998; Apr 1999 British Journal of Photography
Dec 1998 Mid Sussex Matters
July 1999 ; Aug 1999;Jan 2000
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Jan 2000 The Guide (Guardian)