October 24 - December 6, 2013
Sayward Schoonmaker
poetry installed on wall
Oh No
2012 cardboard and masking tape 120" x 5"
small tent with video installed inside
Juggling Lesson 1: a (mostly) listening and (somewhat) visual experience for two people
2012 video installation 5' x 5' x 8'
poem on hanging paper
Your Hair is a Mess
2012 photocopy on paper
the word Maybe projected on a wall
overhead projection, dimensions variable

Sayward Schoonmaker's work centers around the use of clichéd and intimate language, often taking form as poetry installed on walls, spoken in recordings, or in collaboration with moving images. Whether spoken or printed, her texts benefit from her careful attention to the shape, sound, and space between words, resulting in emotionally potent, delicately crafted work. She describes her work as beginning with "a witness to intimacy," leading to artwork that explores the "sincere gravity and exaggerated sentimentality of emotional transition." The exhibition "Through Line" is comprised of video, sound, installation, and poetry, and will be augmented by a performative artist talk prior to the opening reception.

Schoonmaker's work has been featured in galleries, journals, and performance venues. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois Chicago. Originally from Plainfield, NY, Sayward Schoonmaker completed her BFA (2007) at Skidmore College and MFA (2010) degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in Johnson, Vermont and is an instructor in the Department of English at Johnson State College.

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