Sarah Cullen’s work creates a psychological landscape within the domestic space in order to explore the experiences of pregnant people in Ireland who are faced with crisis pregnancies.
By interrupting the domestic space, she teases out how the experience of this environment and the everyday changes when one learns of a crisis pregnancy and cannot seek reproductive healthcare in the country in which they reside. It uses visual triggers to evoke contemplation on the right to bodily autonomy, and critiques the institutions that withhold this right from the populace. Objects such as pearls and human hair create visual interruptions; disrupting the traditional notions of the home, creating this psychological landscape.
About the Artist:
Sarah Cullen, a 2017 graduate of the BA Photography programme at Dublin Institute of Technology, is originally from County Wexford and currently based in Dublin. Her practice encompasses photography, moving image and textiles with a focus on issues of gender struggles, mental health and mortality in relation to the self and the domestic space. Personal narratives and reflections are interwoven with commentary on broader social issues in her work. She is also interested in exploring the relationship between the public and the private in terms of personal narratives and experiences.
About the Publisher:
PhotoIreland Foundation is a volunteer led organisation dedicated to stimulating a critical dialogue around Photography in Ireland, and to promoting internationally the work of artists in and from Ireland. PhotoIreland is committed to the cultivation of a deeper and critical understanding of Photography. In 2010, PhotoIreland launched Ireland’s first international festival of Photography & Image Culture: PhotoIreland Festival. It celebrated Ireland’s first Book & Magazine Fair in 2011, dedicated to Photography, which was the germ of The Library Project, a unique public resource library focused on the photobook opened in 2013.