Aerie, 2014 • 134 Main Street
“While focusing on the concentrated being of an individual, my sculptures open out to wider contexts of human relationship: to local history, to community, to family, and to the natural world. The diverse media I use—from steel, cement, and clay, to mesh, mirrors, and found objects—are chosen for specific settings or states of mind. Some works are centered and grounded, while others incorporate air, shadows, reflected light, and glittering surfaces to create openness and radiance within. Aerie combines natural and architectural forms in monumental mesh. The sculpture’s base echoes a small-scale Roman arch, while the figure of an oversize nesting eagle perches on top like a Hudson Valley guardian. The image of the eagle also harks back to the area’s early colonial history and winged memorial designs. The iconic bird recalls national and multicultural myths, contemporary environmental treasures, and the human desire to fly.” SH
Sarah Haviland’s abstract-figurative sculptures and public installations have been exhibited in galleries, parks, museums, and educational settings, including commissions at Grounds for Sculpture, Pratt Sculpture Park, and NYU Langone Medical Center. Awards include a Creativity Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the New York and New Jersey State Arts Councils, and residencies at Sculpture Space, Skowhegan, and Yaddo. Her work reveals particular interests in images of birds and avian mythology, human and natural gesture, women, mirrors, and local history. Sarah Haviland earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Hunter College. She lectures independently and teaches sculpture at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.