Lauren Sudbrink


After Image, 4.5x36x48 inches, Plexiglass, acrylic medium, xerox, oil

“After Image” linguistically and conceptually plays with the idea of “afterimage,” a nonspecific term that refers to an image continuing to appear in one’s vision after the exposure to the original image has ceased. This piece began as the working surface for the performative production of hybrid photo-sculptures. After working the objects, the residual elements remained, embedded in the surface. With the light source above, the residue becomes its own ephemeral image, existing within the shadow of the surface.

My practice has resulted in a series of photographs, sculptures and performances that draw parallels between photography and the human body. I work to conflate the skin of the human body with that of film, the skin-like surface of the photographic paper, and the traces of light that move between said skins. I see the grain of film to reflect the grain of the body. While traditional photographic methods mirror the subject of the body, I synthesize the skin as cellular and the films as celluloid; all the way down to the particles that make up a body’s energy via surfaces and light sensitivity. Through an excavation of sense, presence, and celluloid, my work captures moments that have yet to enter memory. I blur the boundaries between the subject, its trace, and the space that it occupies. In doing so, I render the invisible visible.