In Reality is a hard word Sara Oscar exhibits a series of pigment prints inspired by Plato’s writings on caves and Susan Sontag’s seminal text On Photography to explore the lyrical connection between the cave and the photograph.
The motif of the cave is used in Reality is a hard word as a device to tease out the relationship between allegory, narrative and representation.
As the recurring image, the cave serves as a type of crypt, or an archive itself, from which to read other images taken from historical archives which are recontextualised and reconfigured in the series. Bison, mythic heads and rocks, geometrical shapes, insects, magnified protein crystals and other miscellanea constellate around the cave.
Combining digital montage and rephotography, the exhibition brings together a sequence of images: itinerant, mutable and fragmentary by nature.
Sara Oscar is a Sydney based artist working with photography and a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the UTS School of Design. Sara’s work reflects upon the diverse nature of the photographic medium and its abilities to reimagine and investigate the relationship between past and present. Sara's practice calls upon the archival impulse, employing a range of visual techniques of appropriation and digital collage to challenge the subject of her works.
Oscar received a Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts) from the University of Sydney in 2008 and is currently exhibiting works in the acclaimed group show Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain's Sunbaker at the State Library NSW. Oscar has exhibited at Sutton Projects, Melbourne, Firstdraft, Sydney, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Interlude Gallery, Sydney, The Australian Centre, Berlin and in 2010 won the Award for Excellence in Photomedia, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.