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Margo Sawyer

Lux Lucis Lumen

2003

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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In Lux Lucis Lumen, Sawyer uses glass to create abstract landscapes of light and color. Sawyer's pinpoints of light on glass vessels, arranged in a vast blackness, form a nightscape that can refer to a starry sky or to the scattered lights of a faraway suburb.

Artist Statement

It is a space for stilling and quieting the mind. Conversations stop, and viewers step away from their worlds. Look closely at the objects. Each object has its own galaxy. There is a macro/micro way of experiencing the work.

Special thanks to the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Chris Clarke, and Heather McElwee.

Exhibition

New Installations: Artists in Residence, October 26, 2003 – June 27, 2004
About The Artist

Margo Sawyer received her MFA from Yale University and her BA Honors degree from Chelsea School of Art in London. Most of her installation works have been aimed at placing the viewer within spaces of reflection and contemplation, where structures that are visually accessible yet physically unapproachable create a series of perceptual contradictions. She has been a recipient of numerous awards such as a Fulbright Grant to India, the Sculpture Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, a National Endowment for the Arts, and more recently a Travel Grants Fund for Artists, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts International to travel to Myanmar (Burma) and India. In 1995-96 she received a Senior Research Fulbright Fellowship and a Japan Foundation Fellowship to conduct research in Japan. She has exhibited nationally in New York, Los Angeles, New Haven, Houston, and Austin, and internationally in the United Kingdom, Italy, India, and Japan.

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