Today we’re sharing the work of Sage Dawson, an amazing artist from right here in the midwest. I’m happy to say that she’s not only a wonderful artist, but she’s also my friend. We met while we were both working on our undergraduate degrees in Fine Arts. I love following Sage’s work, she creates beautiful, thoughtful, layered pieces using printmaking methods, painting, drawing, and collage. In her most recent work Sage focuses on exploring abandoned buildings and spaces. Here’s more from her artist statement:
”On Streets Like Ours, In Rooms, Up Collapsing Stairs examines the history of cartographic rendering: mapping to investigate the distinct identities of spaces, dwelling rights, and contemporary perspectives of nostalgia. The work draws from on-site dwelling rights research in India, radical cartography, and phenomenological approaches to documenting abandoned and forgotten sites. Most of the places and objects explored, such as the 1163 Mary Street house in Springfield, Missouri, are nearly invisible to the communities within which they reside, though they remain intact, collecting dust and mildew atop obsolete technologies, peeling tile, furniture, and architectural remnants–such as the bathtub, a part of the 1163 Mart Street house since its construction in 1941. The work examines the production and destruction of space, and its larger impact on the people who encounter it.”
Sage also keeps a blog about her work called Sage Dawson News. It’s an update about her shows, lectures, and published work, but also a peek inside her studio and a behind the scenes look as she sets up her installations at galleries. For me an artists process is just as interesting as the final art work they create. Here’s a very few pics of what you can find, it’s definitely on my must read list of art blogs.
A big thank you to Sage for letting us share her work. If you’d like to see some of her pieces in persons she’s got a solo show coming up in St.Louis on May 24th, and also one on July 5th in Kansas City at Front/Space gallery. I know I’ll be attending!