Photography & Media
Sabrina Mohler (American, b.1997) explores the intersectionality of her identity in relation to the places and spaces around her through observational and documentary approaches. Her practice is multidisciplinary at its core and involves using the camera to explore, study, and understand the spaces she inhabits and visits regularly, how and why she connects with them, and how place influences her identity. She explores narrative expression through stream of consciousness writing, journaling, video, photography, and audio recordings. Mohler expresses that, "every place has a particular feeling and energy, however, energy by nature remains in flux. Alas, there are a myriad of ways in which spaces can suddenly and magically be transformed - the time of day, the quality of light, the presence or absence of other living beings are a few elements which play into the energetic and emotional shifts that can be felt within any given space."
Her work was most recently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art at UTC as part of the 2022 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition, on view April 12-22, 2022. Mohler will hold a BFA in Photography and Media Art in May of 2022.
ARCHIVE 621 explores the potential of the digital archive as a vehicle for personal narrative relating to my development of the notion of the "quantified self," investigated through intense self observation and documentation. Historically, the function and value of an archive has been constrained to its ability to store vast quantities of information in a systematic fashion, rooted in institutional and governmental values dictating what and whose information merits record-keeping. My work explores how the idea of an archive can be harnessed to serve the individual in weaving together a personal narrative.
My work is a poetic meditation on the easily overlooked and unexceptional aspects of everyday life, exploring the self through observation of the spaces I inhabit, my daily rituals, and the relationships closest to me. Creating this work has transformed my way of living and thinking through small, consistent daily changes. The progress I observed in myself was not always linear, sometimes I went backwards or sideways a little bit, but what became the most important to me was that the process allowed me to see myself more clearly, acknowledge my perceived short-comings with greater compassion.
This process cultivated and expanded my awareness of the self and helped me achieve a surprising, new level of internal stability that has managed to sustain itself. The necessity of routine tied to the development of the archive sometimes posed a challenge because of its relatively monotonous nature. However, the consistency and accountability that flourished from the process of creating this work filled me with a sense of personal satisfaction and deeper self trust, which outweigh the drabness of monotony brought on by routine. Consequently, I developed a greater sensibility to genuinely appreciate the small joys living around us in our everyday lives during a time with unusual challenges and hardships. ARCHIVE 621 deconstructs the conventions of the traditional archive and becomes not only a vehicle with which to tell a story, but an experience wherein exploring real spaces in the digital realm brings the everyday to life in unexpected ways.
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