In her multidisciplinary work, Sarah Westphal explores the relationship between people, objects and their surroundings. A key part of this investigation focuses on how qualities of place contribute to our human experience. How do we perceive the world around us? What stories can be read from the layered history of imprints?
In a kind of archaeological research, Westphal (re)constructs missing links in site-specific installations that can be physically experienced. Sculptures, photographs and projections shift between two- and three-dimensionality, between reality and fiction. With an evocative tactility and high sensuality, Westphal opens up spaces inviting the viewer to get lost in them. The entire oeuvre is a labyrinth in which to wander and lose one's way, a mental space that seduces and deceives. Westphal’s slow process of waiting, watching, where the gaze sees, feels, hears and tastes could be an antidote to the ephemerality of images nowadays.
Westphal was selected for Turning Photography, an online platform initiated on occasion of the Belgian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale to turn the spotlight on some of the most audacious artists working in the medium of photography in Belgium today.