Sarah Tyson, the 19 year old fiber and film student at MICA in Wisconsin, offers these goodies. She takes the mundane and makes it extra-ordinary. Tyson explains; “My work frequently incorporates food, something that has a life span. When I make a piece that includes food I create it for a specific time, document it, and let it go. I always tell myself, "I can always make it again later." It exists multiple times and has more than one life, more than one identity”.
Each shoot or film she undertakes, Tyson contemplates how she can take the simple and traverse it into something creative. Questioning how far the use or purpose of an object can span and bringing out the beauty in everyday acts and objects. “One aspect of the piece, usually a sculpture, remains the same, but this genre of work is constantly changing. It has potential. It is not static. The artist Jon-Kyle Mohr taught me to create ranges for myself, not limits. This is my life mantra”, says Tyson.
Layering and distorting the original images until they become something different, the altered images offer something quite unusual to look at, and difficult to ignore. Tyson, explains the process, saying, “I love stripping things of their pre- existing function. I am drawn to readymades, tools, awards, and everyday objects because they are attainable. You can hold them in your hand. When I make objects, however, I enjoy creating unattainability and the illusion of function”.
Tyson’s current object dejour is mirrors and glass. She explains it aligns with her current creative mind set which is “crisp, clean and versatile. Cool toned colors only”. And the mirrors, she explains adapt to their environment, something that undoubtedly lends itself to her concepts of function and versatility.
She places no limits on herself or her creativity, and although she studies both film and photography she is an artist of neither. She is an interdisciplinary artist, “I wouldn't pick between film or photography. I wouldn't pick between anything. I want to do everything forever”.
"I enjoy confusion. Confusion is so unsatisfactory. My most common comment on Instagram is "What is this?" and I never reply. When I am confused I think about it for a long time. I will overanalyze anything. But when I am satisfied, I forget it and move on in a snap”.
Tyson’s confusion is bliss.
Words / Jamie-Maree Shipton