- ARTIST STATEMENT -
Sarah Treanor is an artist interested in the human spirit and the pursuit of deeper connection to herself and others through creativity. Her work tells stories of vulnerability intermixed with a sense of wonder.
The narratives in her work are strongly autobiographical. Her photographs are a reflection of her inner work, a re-framing of these themes of grief, dysfunction, abuse and finally… growth and transformation.
From a very young age, Sarah re-imagined her struggles through fantasy stories – both in the work of others and in the creation of her own.
“There is something I’ve always loved about a degree of fantasy that feels possible or relates to our true human experiences. I believe that blending the real with the unreal provides us with a different vantage point of life. It creates a gateway to empower ourselves and others… a chance to transform negative inner stories into positive ones.”
This has informed a unique and subtle otherworldly feel to her photographs – often times challenging the viewer to question if the work is in fact a photograph, or a painting.
Sarah’s photographic process is very solitary, private and meticulous. This allows her to connect deeply to the emotions she is working to create a story around. She often utilizes her drawing and sculpting skills within her work, creating many of her own props and physically building her images out - relying as little on compositing as possible.
Her passion is to tell soulful stories from her own world in a way that captivates something within the viewer - touching a piece of their own private world and sparking a sense of wonder around it.
KIND WORDS about my ART & TEACHING
“Your images give voice to the usually voiceless emotions of grief and transition. Beautiful. Captivating. Eerie. Gut-wrenching. Amazing.”
— Robin W.
“I stumbled upon your beautiful blog whilst searching for creative inspiration. Thank you! What a magnificent, moving and real heart felt creation, beautifully written and presented.”
“Your art work and your writing makes my heart beat a little faster – I am so taken in to your story with awe and with empathy. Your art work resonates with my journey – although different than yours. There is something universal when the path is dark and empty. Thank you for sharing your journey, your love, your soul work, and your art.”
— Mary Rose T.
“I’ve experienced so much of my own grief, supported others through their grief, and been exposed to many stories of grief that I’ve been feeling the need to encapsulate the experience in visual terms. Your photography and your words have captured what I was looking for.
Grief comes in many forms, and humanity needs the sort of raw honesty that you have shared here. Your blog is among the most well written and visually gripping I have yet come across that touches on an aspect of life that brings great pain and discomfort to have to acknowledge. But your words and images speak to that pain and discomfort, and in turn create a balm of understanding for the wounded seeker.”
— Stephanie L.
“I think the reason your photos resonate with me is because I see their central theme as vulnerability, even more central than death or loss.
What do we do when we’re naked, defenseless, without the means to communicate or connect? We do what we can with what we’ve got. This is what you’re doing with your art–and it’s beautiful because it completely exposes your vulnerability.”
“I have experienced deep loss in my life and Sarah’s photographs spoke to me personally about grief and healing. I work as a psychotherapist supporting women who have experienced perinatal
trauma, so I chose the photograph “Sanctuary” to hang in my office and to share with my clients. Magnificent work Sarah! Thank you.”
— Michele G.
“Your writing is as beautiful as your amazing photographs. Always inspired by your courage and energy. Love.”
— Naz L
“I became a widow at the age of 29 and I just want to thank you for the way that you are able to capture anguish in such a beautiful way. It has transformed the way I see the process in which we are unfortunately going through. You’re creativity has sparked mine and that has given me hope... something I haven’t felt in a very long time.”
— Andrena M.