Homesick by Sara J. Winston


We assume the common things will always be here, so we tell ourselves we’ll deal with them another day.

- Lucia Perillo, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature. Trinity University Press, 2011.

"In my mid-twenties I was diagnosed with a manageable yet unpredictable chronic disease of the central nervous system. Erratic symptoms of my autoimmune illness include bouts of temporary double vision, body numbness and sudden fatigue. During periods of relapse, my camera acts not only as a creative instrument, but also as a tool that interprets and clarifies the world beyond my arm’s length where my eyesight diverges and doubles.

Homesick is a an autobiographical account of my relocation from Detroit to New York shortly after my diagnosis."

- Sara J. Winston

Sara J. Winston uses photography and photobooks to explore representations of illness, wellness, and states of debility caused by chronic disease. She earned her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2014.

Winston’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Her work is in the collection of The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Winston’s book Homesick, published with Zatara Press in 2015, was named one of the best books of 2015 by John Gossage for Photo-eye. Winston’s forthcoming book, A Lick and a Promise, will be published with Candor Arts in the summer of 2017.

Sara lives in the Hudson Valley region of NY.