SARAH KAVAGE

I’m a Seattle based visual artist and cultural organizer who makes art about place. 

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SARAH KAVAGE

I’m a Seattle based visual artist who makes artwork about place. 

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WOVEN GRASS VILLAGE

Collaboration with Adria Garcia
2009-2014

Lo-Fi Art & Performance Festival, Smoke Farm, Arlington WA

Photos
Bruce Clayton Tom, Robert Zverina, Sarah Kavage


Smoke Farm holds a special place in the heart of many artists in the Seattle area because of its Lo-Fi Art & Performance festival, which brought together city, country, art, land, performance, and a lot of hard work to a beautiful 365-acre former dairy farm along the Stillaguamish River.

It was at the 2009 festival that I first experimented with this technique. I was enchanted by the tall grass that grew in massive fields on much of the property and wanted to make something in-situ with it. After a number of failed experiments, I decided to try a simple braid. The result was satistyingly feminine, ancient, slightly creepy. Adria Garcia was also intrigued by this work and, as she had grown up on Oahu making art, lei, and hula skirts with plants, a collaboration was immediately born. Our collaborative installations were much bigger and more complicated - alternative worlds and social spaces that were designed to be inhabited.
 
From 2011 - 2014, Adria and I would show up a week early to Lo-Fi, camp in the field, swim in the river, and break our backs to create the Living Grass Village. We made it in the same spot, year after year, like a city built on the ruins of the previous civilization. It welcomed visitors, performances, snuggles, naps, debauchery, conversation, and then, like civilizations do, faded into history. We miss it. 


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