San Antonio photographer Sarah Sudhoff documents and deconstructs topics of femininity, mortality, and humanity. Sudhoff’s Repository series fixes an unwavering gaze on personal experiences with illness and trauma to the body through self-portraits in morgues and examination rooms, photographs of waste in hospital trashcans, and still-life shots of extracted tissue and organ samples waiting disposal. Her At the Hour of Our Death large-scale color photographs feature swatches of bedding, carpet, and upholstery stained in the final moment of an individual’s life. Each image is titled with the year and cause of death, as well as the deceased’s sex and age, documentation that strikes the viewer as a chilling reminder of his or her own impending mortality. Whether training her lens on pathological waste, hospitals, artifacts soiled during the passing of human life, or surgical experiences, Sudhoff presents an honest, direct, and human representation of her own reckoning with mortality.
A photographer and art educator, Sudhoff holds an MFA in photography from Parsons The New School for Design as well as a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has had solo exhibitions including Repository at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio (2012); At the Hour of Our Death at DeSantos Gallery in Houston (2010); 2217 at Cactus Bra Space in San Antonio (2010); and Rx at IPS Gallerie in Montreal (2009). Her work has also been included in many national and international group exhibitions such as What Cannot be Cured Must be Endured at Rutgers University (2012); Then and Now: The Art of Development at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (2011); and the PhotoIreland Festival in Dublin (2011). She was a speaker in the 2012 “Artists Looking at Art” lecture series at the McNay Art Museum, and was featured in NPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” story “Death and Dying,” which aired May 20, 2012. Publications of her work include the upcoming Blood Trunk Books (2013) and Veine Magazine, War Issue (2012). Sudhoff is also the co-founder of the Austin Center for Photography.