Sara Friedlander

Photographic Mixed Media Works


Bound and Determined

Blurred Landscapes


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Restructured Achitecture
In this series, I’m looking at several architectural icons of our times and trying to express my appreciation of the architect’s
vision by re-arranging several views of the structure into one brief glimpse.

Subway Reflexions
The subterranean landscape of New York City provided fertile grounds for this series. The equalizing nature of the subway, where people
from every race, class and ethnicity share a limited space, while shifting between their private and public personas, was intriguing.
Mesmerized by illusion, reflection, the enigma of motion and the passage of time, I strive to embrace these complexities in each of
my pieces.

Bound and Determined

In 1999, the Chinese women that I’d photographed in 1983, many of whom had bound feet, inspired my first mixed media series - Chinese Women: Bound and Determined. The secret nature and pathos of their unique suffering, and the dignity with which these women carried their plight, moved me deeply. I wanted others to see them as I had. In order to highlight their humanity, I painted with oils into and around the photographs, enhancing the atmosphere surrounding and supporting each woman.

Foot binding began in China during the Tang Dynasty in the tenth century. Tang dancers would bind their feet to keep them small, like lotus blossoms. What began as a fetish and a way for these women to impress a barbarous emperor, quickly spread among the upper class. Eventually, foot binding extended throughout the entire feudal system. Some estimate that as many as 2 billion Chinese women were subjected to this torturous practice, until in 1911, it was outlawed by the Nationalists and then again in 1949 by the Communists. - Sara Friedlander

Blurred Landscapes

Motion, the passage of time, and surreal visions of the natural environment all merge together in Sara’s latest series Blurred Landscapes. The camera often captures what the mind filters and translates for the sake of clarity and meaning. As if seen in a single moment in time, diverse settings, perspectives, often from different countries can merge together on a single canvas. The photographic melts into the painterly seamlessly as her camera and imagination bring the landscape into a new dimension.

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