2022 Finalists

Sarah CUSACK

Artist statement: This series of digital photograms of personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by Victorian frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic commemorates those who put their own lives, health and that of their families on the line for their communities. The height of this battle taking place behind closed doors against an invisible common enemy of humankind. Their armour thin, light and delicate but equally hot, suffocating and uncomfortable for long periods of time. PPE provides protection from infectious particles but not from the varying psycho-emotional states suffered over time from adrenaline, trauma and burnout. Its diaphanousness with light allows a photographic inverse seen with the darkroom technique of creating photograms. Using a digital process here also allows an inverse of colour and luminosity while maintaining a likeness to medical imaging.

www.sarahcusack.com

PPE portraits luminosity, colour, black and white  2022
from the series PPE digital photograms
chromogenic print (light box)
76.2 x 76.2 cm
courtesy of the artist

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