Description - As If It Should Have Been a Quarry by Sabine Mirlesse
The series As if it should have been a quarry named for the American poet Robert Frost's 1954 poem Directive, was shot in 2011 in Iceland -a country in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean positioned directly above a continental divide, making it the site of frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Inspired by the story of a small village there whose inhabitants dug themselves out of the ash of a volcano that erupted without warning one January morning in 1973, this body of work seeks to investigate the way in which one reconciles oneself to impermanence through living with a continuity that suggests the infinite, and how a piece of land can be a reflection of one's countenance and vice versa, like maps in conversational flux with one another. Through considering the passage of time in its relation to both physical and emotional space is to allow for an innate metaphysical inquiry to be explored--that of our own vulnerability and survival as possibly found in the landscapes that grow us into being.
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(304mm x 248mm x 13mm)
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Author Biography - Sabine Mirlesse
Sabine Mirlesse grew up between Los Angeles, California and New Haven, Connecticut in the United States. She holds a BA in Religious Studies and English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and additionally studied for one year at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In 2010 she graduated with a MFA in Photography from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. Mirlesse's work has been the subject of features in The British Journal of Photography, Burn, Dossier, and Le Monde's M magazine. Additionally, she has contributed to The Paris Review, BOMB, Art in America and Aperture among other blogs and contemporary art journals and has conducted interviews with several established artists including Rineke Dijkstra, Tacita Dean, Gabriel Orozco, and curators Charlotte Cotton and Britt Salvesen. Mirlesse lives between Paris and New York City. Her latest body of work is based in Armenia.