Artist: Sage Garver
Gallery: Dutzi gallery
About the Artist:
Sage Garver is a senior at CSULB. She is currently an undergraduate and is going to graduate this year. She is a student of the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. She is working towards her BFA in Sculpture. Throughout her life, she has always suffered from multiple sicknesses. Her sickness has gave her inspiration to show in her exhibition. Art was something that she could do without really straining herself since she spent most of her time resting in bed. Her sicknesses did not stop her from trying new things like swimming, hiking, cooking and traveling. In the future, she plans to move to Hawaii and find a job there.
The media used in this exhibition was sculpture. To make her artwork, she used polyurethane foam. The many different structures that are decorated all over the wall are placed in a beautiful way as if they are floating in the space. The entire exhibition is shown in mostly white except for the structure hanging from the ceiling in the middle.
This exhibition is to represent Sage’s cells in her body as symptoms and mutations. She states the walls are the surface of her body while the patterns and symptoms emerge from the walls. She wants to show people how things may seem normal but can result in changes like mutations and lead to illness. By making her exhibition this way, she is able to show her audience how she feels about her illnesses throughout her life. The structure in the middle is the exterior of her body while the walls are her interiors.
Synthesis / My Experience:
My first initial thought as I entered her exhibition was that the structures on the walls were shells and probably represented the ocean in some way. After reading the artist statement, I noticed that the structures on the wall were not shells but cells in the body. As Sage talks about her exhibition, I noticed the details and started to grasp an understanding of her exhibition. Sage’s artwork was really beautiful and simple. I really like the idea behind her exhibition.