Something to soften the blow is an installation incorporating textile, photography, and video to challenge the horror genre and the concept of the Final Girl. The research leading to this body of work critically explores tropes and traditions of slasher films, specifically looking at the first victim, to consider notions of consumption and disposability, and how this relates to narratives concerning gender, sexism, and race.
Photography: Robert McNair
Sarah Martin works in a photo-based practice to investigate pop culture and media through a critical feminist lens. Themes of her current work consider the vernacular of the horror genre through manipulating archives of film footage and performing death in staged photographs. Alongside her studio work is an active interest in curatorial practices, most recently curating work at the Homer Watson House and Gallery, Marilyn I. Walker Gallery, and Rodman Hall Art Centre.