Boston Fashion Week • October 2015
In the midst of editing and sequencing for a book project, Dayton and I collaborated on an installation for Boston Fashion Week. Image selection and output options were discussed and decided. I wrote the Artist Statement and Bio for the exhibit. Dayton collaborated with a modern dance company to choreograph a site-specific performance with live music. (See Video)
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Mono no aware is a Japanese phrase used to describe the beauty of an ephemeral thing. Transience underpins Sadie Dayton’s current work entitled, Sillage. The word connotes fleeting sensual experience - the scent that lingers in the air, the trail left in water, the impression made in space after something or someone has been and gone.
Dayton creates visual haiku. Her poetic images offer us the intangible and evanescent with layered textures of fabric, dye and soot. She gracefully conveys vulnerability and strength. Our imagination is engaged by her nuanced gestures and we are invited to complete the cycle with our own envisioning.
Sadie Dayton honed her craft in Manhattan as a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. Born on the New England coast her inspiration comes from the transient elements of nature. Drawn to the stark beauty within Japanese aesthetics she too melds elusiveness, simplicity and innate energy. Her evocative images treat landscapes as a portrait and a portrait as a moving force.
Sought for her emotive images and representation of femininity her clients include fashion, beauty and jewelry companies. Her portraiture has appeared in Vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine. Her editorial and commercial work has taken her on location in Europe, Central America and the Caribbean. Dayton has exhibited her fine art photography in galleries in Boston, New York and Tokyo.