Sacha Vega
2018 Annual Juried Competition
Winner

Statement: 
My practice toys with the expectations of viewing photographic imagery as a way to address individual perception. I am intrigued by what happens to a viewer when they are required to assess the experience of their own vision. 

I grew up in a Catholic Asian American household that held familiar comfort with mystic or supernatural belief, modes of thinking I have always thought to be at odds with each other. As a photo-based artist, I became fascinated with this idea that the people I trust navigate the world with faith in manifestations, that do not hold “proof” in a traditionally photographic capacity.

Through photographing and interviewing my family in the Philippines, I was curious if I would be better equipped to articulate the origins of this spiritual tension. That said, conversation and debate sparked only more questions and ultimately this work prescribes value to the colorful and complex space that
thrives between your certainty and someone else’s. On a visual level, the work is meant to have the viewer questioning and participating in the presentation of reality within the images. This is accented in
the viewing experience through sculptural interventions of the photographs and the inclusion of interactive materials, such as heat sensitive paper.

Bio: 
Sacha Vega (b. 1991) is a photo-based mixed media artist invested in toying with the experience of looking. She is interested how rethinking the physicality of her work, questioning that pairs critical engagement with joy, can prompt a viewer to address the nature of their own perception.

Vega’s work has been featured in exhibitions at Pelham Art Center, Java Project and 99cent Plus Gallery. She was a recent resident of ARTHA Project, class 2016-2017. She received her BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist’s websitehttp://sachavega.com