Michal Sagar is the Visual Arts Department Head at Breck School and a current member of Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her drawings, paintings, and encaustic works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo shows include: A Fertile Emptiness at Form+Content Gallery; The Beginning of the Third Dream at the Schaeffer Gallery, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN; Excavation at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; and Coexistence at the Acanthe Gallery, La Ferté Loupière, France.
If the first begins at birth, and the second involves coming to terms with early life, the third dream is of one’s own making.
These works on paper began by drawing directly from fragments of ancient European sculptures. Intrigued by the dynamic energy still residing in the damaged pieces of stone, I saw in their broken beauty not only the history of what they once were, but also a resonant potential.
As I worked on my initial drawings a surprising element emerged — that of an African wild dog. I viewed these two potentially antagonistic forces — the remnants of a Classical European male and an endangered African painted dog — as players in a struggle seeking a new balance. Responding to the nature in each, I imbued both figures with a sentient quality.
While developing this work I ask myself two questions. Is the image alive? Does it elicit multiple meanings simultaneously? With these queries in mind, I improvise throughout the working process — erasing, dissolving, and redirecting compositions until the images register vitality, yet never completely resolve.