All the pictures disappeared. In her work, Hope Sandrow strives to create pieces that represent the very history of everyday life. She examines the concepts of nature, culture, art, identity, gender, science, and history, as well as the politics and myths of power.
In 1986, she participated in the group exhibition Directions at the Hirshhorn Museum. Lacking the established postmodern concepts we take for granted today, the curator described her style as “baroque”. The highly subjective point of view, the overloaded, winding compositions, and the powerful emotional expressions would become her trademark style in her later photo series, which played a part in the radical shift that was occurring at this time thanks to people like Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine, and Nan Goldin. The pictures broke out of the image space and invaded reality.
”I want to present nature more real than itself... ...to playfully distort size relationships in a fragment of an infinite picture plane. Images are printed larger than life to change the viewer’s role to that of a participant.”
Collections: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC; Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC; Houston Museum of Fine Art, Texas; Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY.