At the very beginning of her life, Sorcha Augustine recalls her fascination with her parents’ art books from Europe, admiring the beauty and power of the human figure from early childhood. She was naturally drawn to ballet at an early age, blending it with her love of painting, religion, and fairytales. Today she explores dance through the human spirit, celebrating movement, color, and story-telling using photography.
After graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2009 with a B.F.A in Photography and Digital Imaging, Augustine acquired an apprenticeship with international ballroom photographer, Tony Eng, traveling the country photographing dancers at national ballroom competitions. Her work with Sarasota Contemporary Dance started in 2008 when she approached the company to form her senior thesis at Ringling College. Her relationship with them continues to grow after her 2016 return to Sarasota.
As an artist, Augustine strives to identify archetypes and spiritual context within people she meets and photographs, creating stories and symbols around an individual, romanticizing them, rather than documenting them. Her current body of personal work called “Spirit and the Dance” depicts the spiritual and cultural background of the dancer portrayed, after a series of interviews and conceptualization. Creating a connection between ancestry, culture, and spirituality remains the center of her life and her work in the arts.
As a muse, Augustine is often called a Pre-Raphaelite woman, celebrated for an academic body type from the old world. With a lifetime dappled with studies in dance, her subtle awareness of gesture often inspires painters, sculptors, and photographers. She has had the privilege of posing both as a fine art and commercial model, heightening her understanding and sensitivity to her own subjects.
As a visionary, Augustine continues to study ancient traditions and the re-awakening of the feminine divine in our new age of globalization. As she connects with others, she searches for the patterns that all people have in common as one human family. Her personal goals toward authenticity often create a sanctuary for others and spark new possibilities, creating room for connection, healing, and internal knowledge. Longhaus, her newest project with commercial photographer Jeffrey Paul Gunthart, explores photography and art within a traditional and global context, setting the stage to connect students with Nature and international experiences.
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