This limited-edition print by Sarah Palmer, winner of the 2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize, is from her series As a Real House. Laden with partially submerged tripwires, each of her images contains elements, or juxtapositions of elements, that work to trigger an internal pattern-recognition of mental databases in hopes to derive meaning into recognizable form.
The Bomb (Also) is a Flower, made during the summer of 2010 in the brightest noon sun, shows the surface of an old outdoor table into which the artist's cousin had many years prior inserted a mirror. On the table are a piece of seaweed and two melon skins from breakfast, the symmetry of those skins resonant of photographs of bombs dropping from planes in World War II. The artist’s hand literally hovers above the table; we can see it as we see the shadow of a plane as we fly across the earth. The title was adapted from a William Carlos Williams poem, Asphodel, That Greeny Flower, which he wrote toward the end of his life. The poem talks of the end of love, and perhaps its rebirth. Of regret, and fear, and hell, and flowers amid the ruins nonetheless.
Sarah Palmer was born in San Francisco in 1977. She received her MFA in 2008 from the School of Visual Arts. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a full-time photography faculty member at Parsons the New School for Design. Her work has been exhibited online by Women in Photography Blog, the Humble Arts Foundation, and is also in the collection at Foam Fotografiemuseum.