Artist: Sage Garver
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist
Sage Garver is an undergraduate student at CSULB. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. She shares that she has always loved creating artwork, but didn’t consider art as something she could earn a degree or a career in until she began college. Because Garver suffers from health issues, she was not able to play outdoors and instead she stayed indoors and vegan to express herself through artwork. Although restricted by her health conditions, Garver enjoys activities like hiking and swimming.
Sage Garver’s BIO exhibit is made up of a series of sculptures that blend into the wall making the entire room a pert of the sculpture. The smaller sculptures protrude off of the white walls. The color of the sculptures blend in with the wall so well that it is difficult to tell where the sculpture and the wall meet. In the center of the room is a large, spherical centerpiece that resembles a chandelier that hangs from the ceiling attached with several golden colored metal chains.
Garver’s exhibit, BIO, is a way to represent the artist’s health problems. The way that the sculptures blend into the wall and become a part of it is meant to represent the way in which a disease has become a part of the artist’s body. It is impossible to remove and therefore has shaped the life of the artist in many ways. The sculptures are stylized representations based on biological diagrams of the artist’s illness. They are inspired by the way the disease looks under a microscope and they blend into the wall similarly to the way the disease is a part of the artist’s body. To better represent the way the disease is a part of the body, the artist made the entire exhibit white. This way, there is no telling where the wall ends and the disease begins. The spherical centerpiece is meant to represent a nucleus.
Synthesis/ My Experience
At fist glance, I was not sure what to make of this piece. However, after reading the artist’s statement I realized that this piece is a very personal piece. I feel as if I needed to know a bit about the artist before I could really appreciate the work. Afterwards, I noticed the impact a disease can have on a person. It made me feel that whatever health condition the artist has grown up with has played a large role in her life. Seeing the sculptures transform the walls made me think about haw a condition like this can transform someone’s life. It also made me realize the permanence of some health conditions. When something is literally a part of you, it is difficult of impossible to separate it from you. Yet, it can still be beautiful and unique.