Pigmented Inkjet Print

Traveling into the distant future, the time traveler came across a collection of deteriorating books that crumbled to the touch of his hand. At that point, he grew disgusted of the future hominids that occupied the planet, their lack of curiosity and knowledge allowed for the care and handling of those books. This scene from the 1960 film, The Time Machine, adapted from H.G. Wells’ novella, shows a world evolved to the point where misunderstandings of the significance of acquiring knowledge have left the hominids enslaved to their primitive state.

It was only until the 1930’s that it was discovered that paper made directly from wood pulp contained acidic compounds that deteriorated paper. Librarian William Barrow figured a way to neutralize pulp-based paper, which is the common type of paper many of us like today. This awareness of the vulnerability of the material we record information on has spurred the study of preservation and conservation and the continued investment in keeping more and more works for the purpose of containing and acquiring knowledge.


Sarah Nesbitt: Making Sense of What We Have. Solo Exhibition. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery. Alexandria, Virginia.

Local Perspectives, Global Reach. Mercedes-Benz Research & Development, North America, Inc. Redford, Michigan.

Collaborate, Connect, Reconnect. Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan. Invited by James Lutomski, Associate Professor of Art/Gallery Director of Marygrove College.

Making Sense of What We Have. Two-Person Exhibition. Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

5th National Juried Exhibition. Axis Gallery, Sacramento, California. Juried by Joe Amrhein, Director of Pierog Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

Photos With Words. Vermont Photography Workplace, Middlebury, Vermont. Juried by Liz Lee, Department Chair of Visual Arts and New Media at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Free Ice Cream- Second First Year MFA Exhibition. Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.



Local Perspectives, Global Reach. 2014-2015 Art Exhibition Catalog. Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. Print. p. 23, 24

INSIGHT 7 Magazine. Photomedia Center- Contemporary Imagemakers 2013. Print. p. 12-17

Sarah Nesbitt: Making Sense of What We HavePhotomedia Center, Contemporary Imagemakers Program. In the running for Photomedia Center’s micro-grant, in addition to a series of publications brought forth by the Photomedia Center. Online.

Reframing Photography Theory and Practice. Resources: Artists: Sarah Nesbitt. Website by Rebekah Modrak and Bill Anthes. Online.