Artist: Sage Garver
Media: Mixed media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist:
Sage Garver is currently a senior a CalState Long Beach working toward obtaining her BFA from the School of Art’s sculpture program. After graduating, she plans to move to Hawaii to live with her sister and find an art related job. She currently has no plans to attend graduate school for long time. Art has always been something she had interest in but, her passion did not become serious until college. Other than her passion for art, some of Garver’s other passions/hobbies include swimming, hiking, and cooking. She especially like to cook and eat Asian foods such as Indian curry.
Sage Garver’s exhibition took about a month to complete. It consisted of round and curved shapes whose color blended with that of the walls, which caused them to merge together and become one. The shapes themselves were a multitude of sizes and were 3D. The shapes were also created with foam. Along with the shapes lining throughout the walls, there was a gold center piece attached to gold chains that dangled and hung from the ceiling and reflecting the light
Walking into Garver’s exhibition, I was reminded a lot of the cells from Biology class. The shapes were similar to that of the organelles found within the cell and the body such as the nucleus and the golgi apparatus. According the Garver, the walls represented what was inside of the body, thus explaining the similarities between the shapes on the wall and the shapes of common bodily organelles. The gold center piece attached to gold chains was a representation of the outside of the body with the chains possibly representing the fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the body as it ages and the gold ball representing a shriveling skin cell.
Garver’s exhibition was built upon the illness that she herself experienced in her lifetime. Personally, I never experience an illness that had a large impact on my everyday life, but I do read about them and know that there are many things one needs to give up and sacrifice when facing certain illnesses. These sacrifices can alter ones way of living forever as there are dietary and physical restrictions. Illness shows how fragile life can be as one mutation or mistake can cause a domino affect, leading to drastic changes within the body. Garver’s walls shows that to me as they are white and blend perfectly with the wall they are on but if one accident is made, it may no longer be white; thus hindering the piece in some shape or form that may lead to be detrimental.