My work 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 housing rights research in India, radical cartography projects, and phenomenological approaches to documenting abandoned and destroyed sites. Most of the burned out homes, abandoned objects, and neighborhoods explored, such as the disparate Summerville district of Augusta, Georgia, raise issues nearly invisible to the communities within which they reside.
The Natural Disasters series focuses on Summerville, exploring housing inequalities within the hilltop neighborhood, as well as the subtropical environment responsible for many blighted homes and crumbling architecture. In contrast to this decay is what remains of these homes and the objects found within: dust and mildew collect atop obsolete technologies, peeling tile, furniture, and architectural remnants. The work examines the production and destruction of space, relying heavily on ambiguity and hyperbole, and its larger impact on those who encounter it.
Artist Bio / CV
Sage Dawson is a mixed media artist whose work draws from community histories, the landscape, and research in Israel and India. She completed an MFA in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico in 2009.
Her work has been featured in From Here to There published by Princeton Architectural Press and in Elephant Magazine. Recent exhibitions include the International Print Center New York, the University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Munson William Proctor School of Art, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Lehman College (CUNY) in NYC, and the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in China. Sage has been awarded a number of grants for her research, allowing her to lecture at Boston University, and to conduct on-site research in Nagpur, India, working at a de facto orphanage.