“Why do we act the way we do? What does an emotion look like? Is there a pattern and possible involution in us, like there is a lawful evolution in nature? Can I use my work to learn?”
Sara Teigen’s work is a meeting-point between her inner, emotional explorations and the outside world; the confluence between the metaphysical and the physical. Using herself as subject and object, performing, acting, and questioning the role of herself, Teigen moves between the personal and the archetypal, creating maps of her inner landscapes. As adults we instinctively rationalize every shape and thing we see, associating it to previous experience or memory, constantly referring backwards instead of absorbing visuals in a pure, emotional state. Teigen is attracted to the things we cannot see: the micro/macro-cosmos and human emotions that do not have a physical form. This abstract matter is the starting point in her creative process. Observing how nature behaves and evolves, Teigen combines photographs, text, and drawings, charting territories of her inner world, to make the invisible visible. By continually re-using and re-editing her photographs in different contexts, Teigen presents her work as a process itself, never final or complete.
“As I see it we live in two worlds. The external, physical world which we can see, touch, photograph and interact with others in, and the internal world which is invisible, where we react, mentally and emotionally, to the external world. But these two realities do not always correspond, and it is this friction that interests me.”
The sketchbook is in the center of Teigen´s work, and she uses it asit has always been used, to study nature by drawing. Her first publication Fractal State of Being, Journal (SE/NO) 2014, a reproduced sketchbook, was shortlisted for Paris Photo-Aperture Photo-book Awards 2014, for the 1st Book prize 2014 Author Book Award in Les Rencontres d´Arles and for Best Photography Book of the Year Award The PHE15. It has been exhibited at three continents and was selected top 10 photobooks of 2014 by Photoeye (USA).
The exhibition Interior Landscape is based on her current sketchbook with the same title, and evolves around this ongoing project where she explores consciousness as main topic. The new book will be published by 2019 (Journal).