Artist: Sage Garver
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi
Media: Foam, polyurethane, white paint, wire, iridescent film
Sage Garver is an undergrad student in the Sculpture Program at California State University, Long Beach. She will be graduating this semester with a BFA in Sculpture and hopes to continue her art career after graduation. At the moment she has no plans of joining grad school, but she affirms that later in the future she might think about applying. She also plans on moving in with her sister who lives in Hawaii. Meanwhile, in her free time she likes to go swimming, and likes to cook and bake–particularly something easy.
For this exhibition, titled “BIO,” Sage decided to do something based on her own experience. At first, walking in, I was reminded of something related”The Little Mermaid.” I was way off considering this had absolutely zero to do with the Disney princess. Rather, the bubble-like foam circles on the wall represented something from the human body. I was also in awe of the chandelier-like plastic hanging from the ceiling. It produced vibrant colors that one could easily see. This piece was also being held by various chains from up top. However, the golden fork hanging from ceiling made me even more curious about what the exhibition as a whole represented and how all these pieces went together.
After interviewing Sage, I had a better understanding about the gallery. Basically, Sage did this in regards towards her struggle with her illnesses and her art career. Because of Sage illnesses, she often had interfered with whatever she set herself up to, whether that’d be an art project or something unrelated to art. Sage explained that on the walls, the circular pieces represented cells and other biological systems and organs. The center piece, made out of wire and iridescent film, was a unifying element of her artwork. The fork, as Sage explains, represents what we put in our body (like what we eat). This exhibition all together took her a month to create. The installation of this exhibition was not an easy task, as she claims it was her most challenging part of her show.
Although Sage’s illnesses interfered with her student life and art career, and sometimes even made her stay at the hospital to fully recover, she never let that get the best of her. She kept her determination and continued to do what she does best–art. Overall, I enjoyed talking with Sage and I wish her much more success to come her way.