Artist: Sage Garver
Media: Polyurethane foam
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi-Gallery
In this week’s artist conversation I had the opportunity to meet Sage Garver. Sage is an undergraduate senior student at Cal State University Long Beach attending the School of Art in Sculpture and is working towards her Bachelor in Fine Arts. Sage is a transfer student from El Camino Community College and likes to go swimming and hiking for her leisure activities. Since transferring to Cal State Long Beach Sage has not had the time to participate in any leisure activities because she has been busy.
Sage’s exhibition of “Bio” looked like it was a lot of hard work to make. The walls had to be prepped and painted white before she was able to make the shapes all around the walls so that they looked three dimensional. There were shapes that resembled the bacteria of Amoeba and circles that looked like red blood cells. The shapes on the wall were made out of polyurethane foam so they could stick out of the wall and make it 3D.
The exhibition is trying to give the impression of biological forms and systems to create a sculptural and spatial environment for the viewer. The surfaces of the wall represent the inner workings of the human body to its cellular level and how patterns and symptons emerging from the wall correlate with what the human body endures every day. The exhibition also expresses how differences in normal processes can result in mutations and unfavorable illnesses, abnormal growths, and transformation.
I found the exhibition to give me the idea of a cellular universe in which the body does its normal processes to function normally. The objects that looked like bacteria can be seen as intruders that do not belong there and are there to create harm. I really liked how Sage had multiple different shapes all representing different cells from the body and different kinds of bacteria. It gave me the idea that the human body is always working hard to survive and fight off illnesses in the same way society struggles to fight off bad seeds that harm the good of society.