Cleveland native, NYC local, and a Gallatin senior studying Collaborative Storytelling with a Medieval Studies minor, Sarah Doody is a momentmaker. An accomplished theatremaker and filmmaker, Sarah has been a part of GTT’s Brandspankin’ New Works Festival for three years as a playwright, director, deviser, and actor. She was sponsored by the Gallatin Film Alliance to write and direct a short, improv-heavy film, “Love Love,” which premiered at the Galway Little Cinema. For the International NYC Fringe, she wrote and directed a full-length, devised, site-specific roof-play called Above Us where it sold out every performance and was called “gorgeous” and “relevant” by critic Michael Hartung. “Daring to Be Unintelligible” marks Sarah’s second formal foray into photography. For GAF 2014, she showed Of the Streets, which also used photography as a tool to create liminal spaces.
Dare to be Unintelligible
Monsters exist as creatures in between—in between civilized and wild (werewolves), in between life and death (ghosts, vampires). Humans always fear the in between because it threatens our seemingly stable identity. The monstrous body manifests our fears, revealing who we really are. We are the monsters we create. In these self-portraits, I am the monster I have created. I have manifested my fears onto my own body in order to understand who I am. When we understand what we fear, when we understand what our monsters are, we understand ourselves. But monsters aren’t real. In playing the part of the monster, I, too, become unreal, a character playing a part. In every photo, my body disintegrates. It is there and not there. Like all of us, my monsters are there and not there, I and not I.