Sarah Louise Lordan is a Visual Artist who works predominantly with photography; exploiting the limits of image-making to create thought-provoking and conceptual artworks. As her interests and understanding of the world develop, so does her practice and visual rhetoric. Lordan employs writing to reinforce the intended emotion, inviting the viewer to be immersed in the experience. For Lordan, art-making is a method of processing conflict within herself and the world around her. Using her artwork as a form of narrative, Lordan attempts to reveal the hidden truths found in the underbelly of psychosocial dynamics.
Come As You Are explores the ways in which external entities have conditioned women to believe that they are not good enough as they are. Accompanied by written word and an installation piece, Come As You Are acts as an ode to women everywhere encouraging them to accept all aspects of what make up who they are as individuals.
To pick apart and denigrate, is frowned upon in our outer-space. Yet within ourselves we give a space, to inflict hurt and pain, intentionally berate. To hate one's self is to break one's self, into pieces and parts, shreds and shards, stabbed into mind and heart.
A study building out from Postmodern theorist, Douglas Crimp's presumption that Appropriation artworks fall under one of two headings: "Stylistic" or "Materialistic" Appropriation (this theory is specific to the physical act of appropriating).
Photography Imitating Art takes another step back in the production process, looking at categorising Appropriation artworks based on how they came into existence: via "Concept" or "Research" (this theory is specific to the metaphysical thought-process that an artist goes through when creating Appropriative art). Concept-Based Appropriation suggests that the act of appropriating originated from an idea that the artist had in a moment of divine inspiration. Research-Based Appropriation suggests that the act of appropriating originated from the somewhat intentional gathering of information, which informed the artist's understanding of a given subject. By appropriating the information, the artist's intentions are reinforced or countered by pre-existing connotations to the subject matter.
Research and Concept can be considered primary characteristics of an Appropriation artwork, outlining an artist’s forethought and rationale; as without either of these aspects, an artwork could not be conceived. Consequently, Stylistic and Materialistic Appropriation can be considered secondary characteristics that determine the process of expression, describing the techniques by which the artist has appropriated a previous work.