Artist: Sage Garver
Media: Sculpture, Polyurethane Foam
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist:
Sage Garver is currently a senior undergraduate BFA major at Cal State Long Beach. Her most current objective is to receive her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts particularly in sculpture. She discussed that at first she never thought that she would be going into sculpture. Initially as a student at El Camino Garver knew about her passion for the arts but focused on a more general craft, studio art. However, life eventually leads her down the path of sculpture and digital software. A resident of Hermosa Beach, she does not see graduate school after receiving her undergraduate degree. Instead she hopes to move to Hawaii and find a job there given that she has never been. What she does see in her future is the possibility of creating a website and some kind of digital fabrication. For fun Garver likes to swim and hike but she argues that she no longer has time for her hobbies.
When walking into the Bio exhibition you are exposed to simplicity. There is beauty in something with no color. The walls textured with polyurethane foam. All in different shapes and forms. Some of the shapes remind you of smooth endoplasmic reticulum and the scattered circles remind the individual of lysosomes. Perhaps its because I just walked out of a human biology lab.
Bio is about Garver’s struggle with the normal processes of life that lead to a systematic maturation, which caused many of the illnesses she had throughout life. Essentially through her work, Garver wanted to create a physical experience of the human body to her viewers. Each piece from the smallest to the largest is a representation of some aspect of a human cell some representing mitochondria and the centerpiece the nucleus. The lack of color was intended to create a correspondence between the surface which what’s going on inside. The glowing centerpiece, that is the nucleus was to illuminate the unifying element. The malformation of some pieces were intended to represent how something was going wrong with her body, in this case her illness. An illness that kept her from eating the foods she wished she could have but couldn’t.
Synthesis/ My Experience
When I first walked into the exhibit the idea of human biology did not click in right away at first I thought of underwater, the ocean. I thought the centerpiece was supposed to represent the beauty that’s found under there or this idea of hidden treasure. If I’m being completely honest I even thought it would be a good way to illuminate my Ariel themed 21st birthday party. However, I was completely wrong and it all made more sense every time took a closer look. After that a lot more started to make sense but what I didn’t get was why everything was white, much of the art I have been introduced to has always been filled with color. But then I reminded myself again, that every art and artist is unique. Once I accepted Bio’s unique beauty, I felt that I learned a lot.