Sartor will talk about and read from her series, The Problem of Human Behavior, part of larger series she calls TORN, a personal and an ongoing exploration into storytelling using the combined languages of words and images.
Pictures and stories have long served the function of preserving memory, of making transitory experience into something that can be handed down or carried with us; they provide a shield against time, a salve for loss. Everyday experience is, for each of us, an imaginative and subjective construction, assembled from the building blocks of real people and real events.
The Problem of Human Behavior is a mixed media series, a personal investigation into how taking pieces of a story out of the context of a larger story can create new meaning and, sometimes, becomes a revelation of how we see, find, and create our own stories — which is, essentially, how we create ourselves.
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” writes Joan Didion. But stories can also tell us.
They can tell us how to remember or how to forget, how to hold on to experiences or how to purge ourselves of them. And stories provide a way of reaching for answers where answers are rarely found: in the realm of human behavior. Most importantly, they can get us from one side of something to the other, from the before to what comes after, which is meaning.