Student's exhibition inspired by survivors of abuse

sarah haig drawsThe words of survivors of abuse inspire the one-woman master’s thesis exhibition by SUNY Oswego art student Sarah Haig, which will open March 30 in the college’s Tyler Art Gallery.

An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 30.

Haig’s master’s project, which is required for her graduation in May, is a large mixed-media installation incorporating drawing, fabric painting and graphic design skills. At the core of the exhibition are contributed narratives that drive what she creates.

“I’m collecting stories that were written by survivors of abuse,” Haig explained. “I’m taking their words and putting them on the glass. The images on the fabric were inspired by what they wrote.”

She cautions that the exhibition—which will feature at least a dozen oversized pieces hanging from the ceiling—is an intense work, yet an effort to shed light on an important topic.

Haig found her passion and aptitude for art while an undeclared undergraduate at SUNY Oswego. She earned her bachelor’s in graphic design from the lakeside college before pursuing her master’s there.

“I’ve learned a whole technical side of everything,” said Haig, who hails from Saranac Lake. “I’ve gone from not being able to even turn on a computer to being the one who’s taking them apart and keeping them working.”

The work is supported in part by a Scholarly and Creative Activity Committee student grant, with graphic design Professor Cynthia Clabough serving as Haig’s faculty sponsor.

The master’s exhibition will open concurrently with the college’s 44th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Both exhibitions will run through April 25.

Exhibitions and programs presented by Tyler Art Gallery are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends.

Visitors with disabilities who need assistance to attend Tyler Art Gallery events may call the gallery office in advance at 312-2113.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Inspiring words—SUNY Oswego master’s art student Sarah Haig works on a multimedia piece for her exhibition opening March 30 in Tyler Art Gallery. She is writing the words of survivors of abuse on the glass panel, which will be backed by painted fabric inspired by their stories. Her installation will feature at least a dozen oversized pieces suspended from the ceiling of the college gallery.

(Posted: Mar 07, 2007)