Week 12 – Artist Conversation – Sage Garver

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sage Garver
Exhibition: BIO
Media: Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist 

Sage Garver is an undergraduate sculpture BFA student at CSULB. Garver realized that she wanted to be apart of art in college cause when she attended community college before transferring to CSULB, she realized that she really enjoying doing art and wanted to continue. She is going to be graduating at the end of fall semester. After she graduates, she plans to move to Hawaii to find a job and live with her sister. Garver is from Hermosa beach. Aside from art, Garver enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling. Some places that she has traveled to is Canada, the Philippines, Spain and England. Further, Garver has lived in the Philippines for awhile before moving to the United States.

Formal Analysis

Garver’s exhibition consists of shapes attached onto the four walls of the gallery. The shapes are made up of polyurethane foam. Garver uses mostly circular shapes in her gallery. Further, the shapes are also different sizes. She sculpts the shapes using a C&C machine. In the middle of the gallery, she has a circular ball attached to gold chains hanging.

Content Analysis

The exhibition is supposed to represent the illness that Garver has to deal with. She wanted to show to make a gallery about her illness because she felt that the illness has impacted her whole entire life and much of her decisions. Further, she talks about how because of the illness causing her to be hospitalized in a bed for the majority of her time she found an interest in art. I think the circular sculptures attached onto the sides of the walls represent the cells in her body. Further, the circular ball in the middle of the room represents the nucleus of cells, and the gold chains and parts of the body that is attached to the cells.

Synthesis / My Experience

Personally, I have never had to deal with an illness that keeps my hospital bound. However, I have dealt with mental illness, and I understand the sacrifices that one has to make because of illnesses. The mental illness impacted my way of thinking, and many of my actions. It took a toll on my body and led me to break many friendships with people. Nobody knows what it is like to deal with the illness unless they also have it themselves. People can offer you words of encouragement and give you advice and be there for you, but they never know what it is really like until they are deal with the same things that you are. I think having an illness is a big part of your life and I am glad that Garver was able to share her illness with me.


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