Libby Saylor’s art-making practice investigates notions of pairing, intimacy, and interrelatedness, and explores the achingly transient nature of love and connection. Her collage work firstly plays with image coupling and connectivity among seemingly disparate visual elements. Secondly, she utilizes only fragments and cut-off slivers of close-up details of people, objects, and spaces to represent the desperate frustration of unfulfilled closeness.
She formats her paper constructions in vertical rectangles, leaving substantial white space around the edges of each collage. This creates a keyhole-like entryway into a quiet world of visual pleasure and adds a preciousness to each finished piece. Preferring to create on a smaller scale, her works on paper encourage intimate inspection and greater visual exploration. Her materials include Xerox copies of her own original photographic work, old family photographs, graphite, colored pencil, and acrylic paint.
Libby Saylor received her BFA in Photography from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA in 2002.