Sarah Charlesworth
[Artist, b. 1947, East Orange, New Jersey, d. 2013, Hartford, Connecticut.]

 To live in a world of photographs is to live in a world of substitutes... or so it seems, whose actual referent is always the other, the described, the reality of a world once removed. I prefer, on the other hand, to look at the photographs as something real and of my world, a strange and powerful thing... part of a language, a system of communication, an economy of signs. 
 I turned to photography because I thought it was the dominant language of our culture. 
 Frequently these loaded images or objects are used by me without my attaching a particular significance to them. In other words, what I’m doing is letting whatever power, whatever affect they have, work on its own. 
 I don’t think of myself as a photographer. I’ve engaged questions regarding photography’s role in culture... but it is an engagement with a problem rather than a medium. 
 I think that a symbolism is attached to particular images, becomes marked in the unconscious. To exorcise it, to rearrange it, to reshape it, to make it my own, involves unearthing it, describing it, deploying it inform, and then rearranging it.