Sarah Paz Hyde: Wonder lost
December 1-31, 2017
Opening: Friday, Dec 1, 7-9pm
Wonder lost is an ongoing series that examines the relationship between childhood memories and their transition to adult recollections of the past. In capturing fabricated and found spaces, Sarah Paz Hyde encourages the viewer to connect with missing parts of themselves through visual introspection. In uncovering these aspects of ourselves, we are able to shift our life experiences from mundane to joyful, by slowing down the daily routine in a way that makes life playful and imaginative again. When we let go of the unnecessary excess emotional baggage that results from the build-up of life, we’re able to have more authentic connections with those around us.
“If the photographer looks intensely enough, [they] can find the secret images of our fears, joys and desires. Everything is speaking to us – every object.” — Clarence John Laughlin
Though Hyde began her artist journey in the darkroom, her modality of creation and presentation has shifted to photo based mixed media. Over time, the lens in which Sarah Paz views the world has changed. As a result, the tactile, nostalgic qualities of the darkroom have evolved into a mixed media form that incorporates wheat paste as the first queue of interaction for the audience.
Sarah Paz Hyde is a Filipino-American visual and audial artist. Her vision is derived from a unique multi-cultural upbringing, and a Zen Buddhist approach to both life and creativity.
Hyde was formally educated in photography, graphic design, and musically trained in the Suzuki method. At the age of 4, Sarah Paz first began her artistic journey in acoustic play, wielding the violin as her first modality for creative, communal expression. Though her time playing with others in this manner has taken pause and changed form, it also left a resounding wake in how she engages the world through her artistry and spirit.
Hyde now combines her darkroom and digital practices into more tactile pursuits, currently working with wheat pasted photographs on varying substrates.
In mixing the mediums to first add layers, then slowly remove them; Hyde mirrors her belief that introspection is necessary in order to release from the attachment of both personal and societal woes, with each piece becoming a visual totem, visual reminder. From learning about herself through her own life experiences and empathic nature, Sarah Paz has come to realize that it is the beauty of our imperfections that make us whole, never the disillusionments of perceived perfection.
Hyde’s youth was spent in Southern Illinois and the Philippines. Now, she splits time between Colorado and the deserts of Southern California.