You'll Get Lost in This Artist's Videos

You don't have to live in New York or L.A. to be an artist. Saige Rowe, who lives in the Atlanta suburbs, is making videos that change the way we think about childhood nostalgia.

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Name: Saige Rowe

Age: 23

Hometown: Conyers, Georgia

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Saige Rowe, "the absolute nerve, of her," 2015. "This is a short minimal narrative. It came out of wanting to find a way to sketch and be more sculptural in my video work. Being able to quickly film and edit on my phone has led to videos like this."

How She Started: Rowe studied photography at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. For her senior thesis, she created an interactive video work where viewers used a remote to control the way the piece unfolded by clicking on a body part or text. "Once I graduated, I had to figure out what I was interested in," Rowe says. "The process of making work is very calming. I just get lost in it. And then I watch it back, and I'm like, 'How did that happen?'"

Without a traditional studio to work in, Rowe takes to the landscape around her suburban home to film her videos.
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Signature Style: Rowe first made videos around her home and neighborhood as a kid ("I would make my little sisters help me"). "I've noticed a similar humor in my videos now," she says. "In school, all my work was made in a studio. Here, it's more of a study of the outside world and the objects that I find. My last video was made with things I found in our garage."

Saige Rowe, "three short physical movements followed by a general lull" (excerpt), 2016. "I wanted to compile short visual poems into a more structured video piece that is seamlessly looped," says Rowe. "In its full form I see it as meditative; it never really begins or ends, becoming infinitely more mundane or weird—or both."

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Latest Project: Rowe has never been to New York, but this summer her video "three short physical movements followed by a general lull" found its way into a group show at New York City's Bodega gallery, co-curated by Erin Jane Nelson of Species gallery in Atlanta.

Saige Rowe, "utter disbelief in myself and some of my actions," 2015. "I play a lot with dimensions in photography and video, investigating the transition between the two," says Rowe. "I liked the idea of something that was made to be flat becoming something else through a quick and simple interaction."

Getting Collaborative: "I do think about New York and Los Angeles, but for some reason I'm just not drawn to those cities," says Rowe, who admits to feeling isolated in her suburban Georgia home. "I'm at the point where I want to be more collaborative and have more opportunities to talk to other artists."

The idea of making an independent film, where she'd get to work with a small crew, especially interests her. "I read an article about Queen of Earth, and I thought it was really awesome that there were just 12 people on the crew," Rowe says. "It was small-budget, but they had complete control over it." The next step for Rowe is to take some technical film courses.

Saige Rowe, "wubble brap," 2015. "This is a result of collecting commonplace materials in my studio that had an inviting texture, yet I had no idea what to do with," says Rowe. "Bubble wrap is naturally playful, but I wanted to look at it and interact with it outside of its purpose. I sat in the studio and played with it for an hour."

Up Next: Rowe is in the process of making new work in collaboration with friend and sculptor Linda Moncada for their show opening at Species in Atlanta. The installation will open on October 1.

To learn more about artist Saige Rowe's work, visit saigerowe.info.

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