Sadie Cornette Cook, Silliman College
To say that Sadie Cornette Cook is a photographer barely scratches the surface of her varied, deeply personal, and multilayered studio art practice. She is a Photographer with a capital “P,” who lives and breathes cameras, lenses, and scanners, but one who also weaves in performance, sculpture, time-based media, bookmaking, and poetry into her work. Heavily reliant on the use of her own senses of touch and sight, she creates works in many shades of gray that deal intimately with the sense of self in relationships and in the outside world—and seek to interrogate identity, gender, and sexuality. The audience member approaching her installations may encounter a traditional print, an ethereal recording of a puff of breath, a pile of chalk dust, written poetry, or even a carefully placed and aged piece of beautifully decaying fruit. Furthermore, her constant presence in the critiques and studios at the School of Art these past four years has fed her practice—and, in turn, those of her peers—in a deep and meaningful way, and she has made an impression on our community as an exceptional young artist. Graduating cum laude with distinction in the major, Sadie will commence her time as a Fulbright Scholar in Iceland this winter.
For her brave questioning and seeking of self with visually poetic means, Yale College is delighted to award the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Creative Arts to Sadie Cornette Cook.