Homesickness Series: Portraits of Longing and Loss
Whitney Lea Sage currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art at Siena Heights University and is a practicing artist working within drawing, painting, fibers, installation and sculpture media in order to address issues of cultural misunderstanding, urbanity, history and identity as related to life in America’s Rust Belt. Website: www.whitneysage.com, Instagram: @wlsagestudio
"As a native of the suburban Detroit area, the city’s rich cultural heritage and its relevance the 'American' way of life are things that I’ve always found intriguing and influential to both my artwork as well as my own identity. Detroit’s a place of increasing cultural relevance with parallels to larger struggles, big industry and suburban flight failing Detroit whilst leaving behind heavily photographed, ghostly architectural skeletons and scarred empty plots of land. Throughout my career I have continually depicted Detroit as subject matter, not only as a personal crusade for a place I love, but also to create an open dialog about tough histories while taking a critical look at the lenses through which we view each other. In my work I seek to honor the pride that Detroiters share, despite the city’s decline into something of a media darling and the poster child of post industrial decline. While my practice is rooted in a deeply personal and specific history, the work seeks to appeal to many through universal notions of home, loss, hope and the protective impulse that we share for the people and places we love."