Sarah H. Paulson
My practice remains on The Performative. Actions leave imprints, even if they are invisible. Preciousness can be framed in a manner that is not artificial or dishonest.
In the Doily Series, I use my blood as an autobiographical instrument. In using found and collected doilies, I recycle the homemade decorative fabric of what others created and later abandoned. These works are a gathering of the Discarded and Eliminated and an homage to single moments within a larger cycle.
As I archive personal experience, I allow the boundaries and overlaps between past and present, sexual encounters, human interaction, violence, power, and public vs. private to surface. These fleeting private actions and interactions are preserved, complete with their preciousness, in the final performative works.
Sarah H. Paulson was born in New Orleans, LA. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her practice remains focused on The Performative. She creates drawings using her feet, or other body parts, and relies on environmental circumstances to dictate the duration of the act of mark-making. Such circumstances include the length of a song on the radio, the time it takes to reach orgasm, the movement of a dancing body on the television, or the length of time the artist can refrain from breathing, to name a few.
Paulson has also been collaborating with Holly Faurot for the past 8 years on large-scale endurance performance artworks which have been presented internationally. (http://www.faurotpaulson.com)
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