“The world has shrunk to the size of this room for him, and for as long as it takes him to understand it, he must stay where he is. Only one thing is certain: he cannot be anywhere until he is here. And if he does not manage to find this place, it would be absurd for him to think of looking for another.”
—from The Invention of Solitude, by Paul Auster
Through his photographs, Ross Sawyers attempts to distill subtle but important aspects of domestic architecture. Throughout the evolution of his work he has remained focused on living spaces and how he relates to, and understands, those spaces in the context of contemporary culture. His pictures examine and exaggerate issues of privacy and community as well as scrutinize the ways the structures we call home affect us.
Constructing models, then viewing them through the camera, allows Ross to exaggerate and over-state the observations of his surroundings. The environments depicted in the works are close to the actual world, but the artist deliberately refuses to make accurate copies of reality in order to surprise us with environments of the unexpected.
Ross’ work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally at venues including The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Hyde Park Art Center, Rosphoto in St, Petersburg Russia, and the Unseen Photography Fair in Amsterdam. His work is part of numerous public and private collections including The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) and the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA). His work has been written about and published in many publications including Artweek Magazine, Art Papers Magazine, FOAM Magazine, Flash Forward and The Stranger. Ross earned a M.F.A. from the University of Washington and is currently a Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago.
IMG_10177, IMG_10298, IMG_10789, IMG_10834all2018, archival inkjet prints, 22 x 33 inches, edition of 5, price on request