Artist: Sage Garver
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: Artist did not provide a Website
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Sage Garver is a 24-year-old undergraduate student in her final year at CSULB. Currently on track to graduate in the School of Art’s sculpture BFA, Garver was not always pursuing sculpting. Before transferring to CSULB, Garver was studying drawing at El Camino College. Sage enjoys cooking, hiking, and swimming, and she plans on moving to Hawaii after graduating to pursue an art career there.
According to the artist statement, the exhibit uses “biological forms and systems to create a sculptural and spatial experience.” The sculptures are placed in a way where the walls of the gallery become just as important as the sculptures themselves. The sculptures on the walls, all white, are modeled after what resemble cells that one may find inside the human body. In the center of a room is a silver shining object that is suspended in the air by multiple chains. The object resembles an organ found inside the human body.
In her artist statement, Sage says that her work begins with her body and the illnesses that she has experienced. She says that the frustrations she experiences from having restrictions in her life and losing control over her body due to these illnesses inform this art project. The surfaces of the gallery walls are used to portray the surface of the body. Patterns and symptoms emerge from “its clinically white neutrality,” represented by the patterns and forms placed onto the gallery walls. The object in the center of the room resembles an organ, perhaps the heart, and appears to look worn down.
Synthesis / My Experience
The heart resembling shape in the middle of the room made me think of a heart that has been worn down from years of abuse. Illnesses have caused the heart to be worn down, but it is still alive and not giving in to disease, hence why it is still hanging up in the air. The various sculpted figures on the walls resembled cells and other forms that may be found inside of a human body. The way they are positioned to surround the object in the center makes me think that these objects represent how the artist is constantly surrounded by these illnesses. Dangers like it are inescapable as they always surround us, however they do not have to be our ends.