Sarah DiMichele
When I first started reportage, I enjoyed its immediateness in capturing moments from life but struggled to look at it as finished work. In the process of learning beyond form, line, or perspective, I began to question the idea of finality. I asked myself, “How do I perceive a space or a person? How does it create a memory or encapsulate a space in the moment?” Pushing the limitations I’ve placed on my work and the boundaries of spaces I inhabit, I examine experience and memories. The more I learn about the realness of space, the more I understand the human experience and the act of being alive. As I explore New York, a place I moved to four years ago, I continue to dissect everyday life.
I always believed that closure was imperative to an artist. I thought the point was to understand something so well that I had no doubts or questions about it. But this piece is really about finding the questions and deconstructing the answers. It is not about knowing something objectively but to understand it through my own perspective. When I am drawing reportage, I am forced to observe, to watch the story unfold in front of me as only I can experience it.