Sarah Eyre’s work explores the shifting boundaries between the objects one wears and their relationship to the body. She uses photography and collage techniques to introduce subtle interventions within her own photographic work as well as upon found images in order to subvert conventional object/body relations. For her first solo exhibition at PAPER, Sarah’s current work deals specifically with women’s wigs and their relationship to gender and identity. Sarah has manipulated and photographed women’s wigs in order to draw attention to their strangeness, their surreal qualities when detached from the body. By cutting through layers of photographs, she is literally opening up the wig in order to create playful relationships between interior and exterior, and meditating on what might be inside the void created within the actual wig. This space does not exist in a physical sense. The wig is designed as a surface that is moulded to the wearer’s head rather than to an actual space, but by revealing it, even in a suggestive way, can open a wig up to multiple readings.
Sarah Eyre is based in West Yorkshire, and she has recently exhibited at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Dean Clough in Halifax, and QUAD Derby as part of Format: International Photography Festival. She has also been included in group exhibitions in France and China. Her work has been published in Source Magazine, Hunger.TV, and Of The Afternoon magazine. Sarah was selected for PAPER’s mentoring scheme, Tracing PAPER in 2016. She completed a BA (Hons) in Photography at Nottingham Trent University and an MA in Documentary Television and Film production at the University of Salford, and is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Manchester School of Art.