"Parallel Shores" refers to a connection I made between two bodies of water I find personally significant. The transition of moving from my hometown to Gainesville was difficult for me at first, but I have since come to love both places. Upon first standing on the shore of Newnan’s Lake, I experienced a comforting reminder of my childhood growing up alongside the Atlantic Ocean. As a person living in between the two places, I can’t help but compare each site to the other, and I have taken comfort in the similarities and differences I have found. Slowly discovering that the place I live now holds many special connections to the place where I grew up has helped me to grow into this new place and value what it has to offer. This work serves as a physical manifestation of the mental journey into this new home.
Taking trees harvested near the lake site and re-planting them in a mix of earth from the lake shore as well as rock shells and sand from the ocean shore forces the two sites to interact. The trees are grounded by these earthen weights and are supported on a foundation of coral fragments, emphasizing my relationship to both sites.
Tree saplings, cement, latex paint, coral fragments, rock, earth, sand.
From Home to Here
Two miniature shipping crates constructed exactly the same, with image transfers on the surfaces. One crate represents "Home" with imagery reflective of that place. The other, "Here", represents the current place of home. The twin crates are displayed together as equals, and draw on the idea of the shipping crate and it's function to safely transport contents that are fragile or valuable from one point to another and back.
The Small Space Studio came from a need to create a contained space to work within a larger shared studio space. Originating from working with the challenges of having a shared space, the design was inspired by the original demarcations of the space, with adjustments made to allow for co-inhabiters of the space to move and work around the structure unhindered. Peepholes and lenses in the wall allow for visual interaction between the interior and exterior of the structure. Delineating this space within a larger space was taken into a new context when placed in an outdoor location, where the opportunities for public interaction through viewing was made possible.
Wood, OSB, metal, found objects. 7’x6’x6’ Fall 2015
John Sibellious Munz’s study tells the story of his life and character.
It is a space in which he lives, creates, collects, and works. Everything has been carefully collected by Munz, who acquires his pieces with personal attraction in mind. Monetary value is of little importance to Munz, who places sentimentality, uniqueness, and personal appeal above all else. Objects of great and little importance, artistic, historical or otherwise unusual in nature are acquired and displayed in this room, where they are given a place to belong. This room combines the multiple realities he exists in and provides a physical portrait of his mental space.
"Visitors are encouraged to explore John’s room while he is out. You may touch, but please refrain from altering, breaking, or removing any of his possessions from the room. "
Kleinod Story: The Study of John Sibellious Munz
Opening night of the group installation show Transforming the White Cube. Video features installation by Sarah Joy- Kleinod Story: The Study of John Sibellious Munz
Cairn + Wall
Downtown Gainesville, Fl
Floridian Landscapes in Abstraction
Excerpt from the Floridian Landscapes series
Black and White Digital Prints, 2014
All photographs were taken in a one-mile area of Gainesville over a period of 9 weeks. This series explores the transformation of the landscape through photographic imagery. What began with frustration with a stale view of the land, transformed into a visual and psychological shift in perspective.
Experimental Trail Map
Screen Print on paper
Longleaf Flatwood Trail Map
Screen print on paper
Newnan's North Trail Map
Screen print on Paper
Monotype print 22" x 30" 1/1 Spring 2013
Collaborative installation with Victoria Heuston
OSB wood, latex paint, security lenses
Rolling Hills of Ireland Micro-Scroll
The rolling landscape of a trip through Ireland marked chronologically through a scrolling painting. Objects found along the way are tagged with their location and date of acquisition, then placed under the appropriate location depicted in the scroll. The final work was installed in an empty studio on the campus of Limerick School of Art and Design.
Acrylic on Receipt Paper and found objects
Limerick School of Art and Design Limerick, Ireland