Sage Blake Rivers – Part of Us

Rapture 1 — $250 (unframed)
2022, giclee print on Hahnemühle paper, 59.4 x 420cm
Photography Llewelyn James Lilli @dark_radiance_photography

Rapture 2 — $250 (unframed)
2022, giclee print on Hahnemühle paper, 59.4 x 420cm
Photography Llewelyn James Lilli @dark_radiance_photography

Rapture 3 — $250 (unframed)
2022, giclee print on Hahnemühle paper, 59.4 x 420cm
Photography Llewelyn James Lilli @dark_radiance_photography


I bind, I wrap, I decompress. 
My action is to close my limbs within.
To set my soul free, I restrict part of my body movements.
My leg contained.
My weight loaded on one point.
Stress.
Strength to maintain.
Time is short.
The adrenalin rush. Magic.
My confidence increases.
I am capable.
I grow.
I inspire myself.
I explore.
I fall. In love.

 

For the past year, I have been on a fascinating journey of learning self-suspending, with a focus on Japanese Shibari (rope) techniques.

For this series of works, titled Rapture (2024), I explore the methods of self-suspension, combined with celebrating the strength, beauty and vulnerability of the body.

About Sage Blake Rivers
She/They

Sage is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, photographer, and Shibari/Rope student practising on Gadigal Wangal Country in Sydney’s Inner West. Their practice encompasses performance, photography, video, sculpture, multimedia and installation. Sage explores cultural and socio–political dynamics informed by autobiographical experiences surrounding the body, gender and sexuality, memory and time.

Their work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Sydney, and Tokyo. Sage has been artist in residence at Culture at Work, Pyrmont and Hill End, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW. In 2016, she was awarded the Janice Reid Emerging Artist Award at the Western Sydney University Sculpture Award. Her work is held in the Museum of Art and Culture Collections, Lake Macquarie, NSW.

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