Artist: Sage Garver
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist
Sage Garver, 24 years old, is an Undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach and is working towards her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. She first attended El Camino City College where she began her art studies with drawing classes. It wasn’t until she came to CSULB when her interest for sculpting began. The artist struggles with an illness, which she preferred to leave unknown, but she says her illness was actually what influenced her to become interested in art as a child. Because she could not do what the others kids her age did, she spent much of her time drawing. She explains how her illness has is still a big part of her life today.
BIO was a sculpture project which was made of polyurethane foam. The sculpture was embedded into the walls of the gallery forming different cells of the artist’s body. The exhibition also features a crystal ball hanging from the center of the room with gold chains connected spreading outwards around the room.
The artist described her exhibition as more of a autobiographical piece because it is so personal to her. She clearly states that the cells and other biological factors incorporated in her project are not just from any human body; it is her body. Because of her illness, she is not able to do many things, therefore affecting her every day life. This is why she chose to do this project because her illness is such a major part of her life. As a viewer, we see detail and creativeness but also emotion. We can understand how many different emotions arise from knowing that we lack the control of something that is supposed to be ours; our bodies. She explores these ideas through her art.
Walking into the gallery I was instantly intrigued by the walls and pretty piece in the center of the room. As I walked around multiple times I tried to piece everything together and couldn’t quite make up what it was supposed to be or what is was supposed to mean. It was one of things that you feel like you know and understand but at the same time, you don’t. It was vaguely familiar. Once I had the chance to talk with Sage I knew that this exhibition was personal to her and that it was a representation of her body. Knowing that the art on the walls were meant to be biological factors, I felt a sense of understanding and connection with the artist. She exposed herself through her art and that made it easy for her viewers to relate to the exhibition. It was creative and very beautiful.