Artist: Sage Garver
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist:
Sage is a student currently in the BFA program here at CSULB. A major inspiration for this particular piece are the diseases that have been plaguing her body for a major part of her life, which she says has only served to restrict her freedom. She has been into art since she was a child, and got into sculpture toward the end of her community college experience before she realized that this was her passion. She enjoys swimming, hiking, and traveling, and even lived in the Philippines for a part of er life.
Upon walking into he exhibition, you notice that the plain white walls that enclose the space aren’t so plain after all. They are filled with slightly raised shapes that appear to be part of the wall, and are found all throughout. They differ in shape and size, and each seems to be unique and different from it’s neighboring shapes. In the center of the room, you can see a sort of large glass stone hanging from the ceiling by gold chains which drape across the room.
The different raised surfaces along the walls are mean to be a representation of Sage’s diseases, while the exhibition room itself is meant to be a representation of herself. Sage let us know that the reason why the raised surfaces appeared to be coming out of the wall is because she wanted it to be a representation of how the diseases are a part of her and are port of her body’s identity, not a separate entity. The glass and chain chandelier is meant to represent a nucleus, and it’s purpose is to essentially give the exhibition room a unifying sense.
When I first walked into the exhibition, I wasn’t quite sure what to think, but once i read the artist statement i felt a lot more connected with her artwork. I personally don’t suffer from any type of major disease or illness, but as a society, we are constantly being brought awareness on illnesses that are affecting others and what we can do to help. By being able to experience her artwork, it gave me more of an inside scope into what it’s like for people who live a constant battle within their own bodies.