Wk 12- Artist Conversation – Sage Garver

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sage Garver

Exhibition: Bio

Media: Polyurethane Foam with white paint, plastic iridescent film and wire

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Sage Garver is a senior in the Sculpture BFA program from Hermosa Beach.  This exhibit is actually her senior show! After she graduates she wants to move to Hawaii to live with her sister and work on her art.  Sculpture started off as a hobby and once she started taken classes at El Camino College it became more serious.   Some of her hobbies include swimming, hiking and cooking. This was her first solo exhibition, but she has been a part of 2 other BFA sculpture exhibitions.  It took her about a month to get everything done. Her favorite part was designing the exhibit.  Installing the exhibit was the most difficult and took her 3 days of almost non-stop working. Luckily she had some help from some friends during the installation process.

Formal Analysis

The sculptures were popping out of the walls like they were put on with plaster.  Everything in the room was white except for the center piece which was a gold chain with a shiny piece in the middle. All of the sculptures on the wall being white really made me pay attention to the shape of each individual piece which almost made me forget about the center piece.  It was noticeable that some of the shapes were supposed to be cells and organs which was pretty cool.

Content Analysis

After talking to Sage I understood more of what she was trying to convey.  She mentioned how she has always had a lot of health problems that would put her in the hospital for days which prevented her from doing things that she wanted to do.  The center piece is supposed to be a unifying thing that brings everything together.  There is also a fork in the center piece that is supposed to represent the things you put in your body.  It seems like she was embracing and using the thing that she felt like was holding her back for so many years to her advantage.

Synthesis/My Experience

The exhibit was really cool.  I really wanted to touch all of the pieces of foam coming out of the wall, but with great restrain I refrained.  I really like that she choose to have all of the pieces be white especially since she does not have a science background. I feel like everything being in white shows how confusing the human body is to the general public. Even when a doctor explains it to you it may still be confusing unless you have that background in human physiology.

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