Sage Stafford (MFA 2020)
My practice is broad in terms of modes of creation, but the core of it remains the same. With various mediums and techniques I investigate middle class values, attitudes, and desires. Elements of my practice question the middle class I’ve grown up in by including somber undertones. Other works utilize humor to mask serious concerns of being stuck in one class.
Collisions of high and low class take form in contrasting materials and imagery. I am deeply inspired by symbolic Medieval weavings, whose unicorn imagery makes me question how the unicorn is perceived of today. I believe that there is still an exchange and adoption of the unicorn happening in American commercialism. Ultimately, the unicorn for me encourages a child-like hunt for a middle-class dream of safety, security, and success. I am falling, deep into the enchanting story of the unicorn and into the belief that there is still hope for the future.