Sarah Elise Abramson: Photography is My Drug of Choice

Artist name: Sarah Elise Abramson

Featured Work 1: Mateus Porto

Sarah Elise Abramson is a photographer who says she is “obsessed with everyday surrealism.” Her work explores rich topics like the body; light, color and texture; intimacy; and public and private spaces and views. The subjects vary in mood and appearance, but all have a strong physical presence and are the protagonists of their own unique stories. Some engage the viewer directly while many remain a moment — a breath — apart, engaged in reverie. She seems to make and invite us into safe spaces in which her subjects explore their identities, relationships, environments and experiences, sometimes with the help of adornment and touch. In her own words, her work has evolved over time “from finding to intuitively creating original daydreams and shared cosmologies.” Enjoy more of her work and words below (contains nudity and NSFW images).

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5 Questions for the Artist:

1. What is art to you?

“We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, …and you don’t believe in magic?”

2. What did you make in the past and why?

I’ve made so many things it’s hard to really know what to include here and why. I’ll say this though: I started using a camera by chance and, like most photographers, fell in love with the perspective the camera enabled me to have. From the moment I held my first camera up to my eye and pushed down on the shutter release I was a life time addict and photography was and is my drug of choice. I’ve completed several photo series and self published a book of my Polaroid work. I’m also the creator and editor-in-chief of an independent art publication called, SLOW TOAST. We are currently working on the second issue which will include all new work from artist and photo mentor, David LaChapelle, alongside fifteen other astounding artists — some quite established and some virtually unknown. I’m very proud of Slow Toast. I make it with my good buddy John Bagge. He’s a graphic designer and just all around artist and so I curate the whole thing and am the one corresponding with all the artists and matching them up with various writers to produce unconventional interviews to go along with their feature. Bagge does the layout and then we sit side by side and go through everything and I make changes where I think changes need to be made. We work really well together. I’d have to say Slow Toast might be the thing I’ve made in the past that I’m the most proud of besides my entire body of work… of course haha. I also made some pretty yummy pasta last night.

3. What are you making now and why?

Currently, I’m working on a new photo series that focuses on figurative versus non-figurative and how to keep figurative forms in my images while disrupting their traditional form. I’m playing with distortion and reflections a lot too in this series. Water in all its different forms is also a recurring symbol and tool used throughout the series, as it too is reflective and symbolizes a lot of things I’m sort of obsessed with.

4. What are your hopes for the future?

I try not to dwell on the future too much. Of course I have hopes and dreams that I’m working towards but recently I’ve been doing a lot of meditation practices which are teaching me how to be more present and in the moment instead of falling for the trap that lies in looking forward or backward too much.
However, I am planning on going back to school to study philosophy and art. More and more I’m realizing that philosophy and art are one in the same so I’m excited to expand and explore that. All in all, my hopes for the future are that I continue to grow, challenge myself, stay smart, stay hot and hopefully see my work eventually reach the level I know it can become.

5. What else would you like to say?

I’d like to say that all the badass bitches in the world deserve a crazy amount of credit. Shit is not easy being a woman and if you manage to hold your own and be a strong independent woman, there’s really nothing greater.

Also, I used to have a cat named Mad Mordigan. He was named after Val Kilmer’s character in the film Willow. I loved him a lot. Side note: Willow is an amazing movie and everyone should probably watch it ha.

Years ago I found Mordigan half dead in my driveway. It’s such a surreal and shocking experience to see the life leaving someone’s eyes. Live your life the way that makes you the happiest because after all this craziness we love to call life, we all die. Probably not in a driveway but you really never know. Make the most of your time here and try to leave a good impact on the people in your life. Make them feel good. Build your friends up! Support is so important!

Artist Supplied Background:

Sarah Elise Abramson is a contemporary fine art photographer based in San Pedro, California – a mysterious enclave shoes offbeat countercultural history and proliferation of unusual sights, sounds and citizens is tailor-made for Abramson’s obsession with everyday surrealism. In both her own photography and in her curatorial and editorial approach to exhibition projects and independent publications, her emphasis is on discovering the eccentric beauty in the things most people overlook. Found objects, hidden messages, secrets of the universe that hide in plain sight- throughout her studies at Parsons The New School for Design and Brooks Institute of Photography, and later at LaChapelle Studios, her work has evolved from finding to intuitively creating original daydreams and shared cosmologies. See more of her work on Flickr and Instagram.


5 Questions for the Artist, © Julia Travers


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