Playing House
Sarah Haven

March 3 - April 2, 2011

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, March 3, 2011

The ceramic work of Sarah Haven depicts her struggle to come to grips with the increasingly deafening tic-tock of her biological clock. In today's world of rising expectations, Haven is somehow overwhelmed by what she has yet to achieve in her role as a female. She wonders whether she is a passive empty vehicle through which wider cultural influences can inject a particular want, or an active individual who is making choices and fulfilling personal desires. She longs to play the traditional female role and simultaneously rejects the notions of femininity it thrusts upon her. Haven states:

"Being a woman in my early thirties, the subject of children comes up in all sorts of situations and I am often the only female in the room who cannot claim the title of mom. I always figured I would be a mom as much as any girl assumes it will be a part of her future. College, career then family, in that order. Having finished college, I am now working on my career, so children are next on the list. Except for one thing ... now that I have worked so hard on my career I am having trouble seeing where children fit in."

So, Haven transports herself back to her own childhood when the vision of motherhood was simple and sweet with ideal images of perfect children and a colorful world was a synonym of paradise. And as she changes the picture of her future that has always included children, she mourns the loss of the life she has chosen not to live by playing house.

Sarah Haven was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. In 2002, she received her BFA in ceramics at Ohio State University. She then moved to Ellensburg, Washington to earn her MFA in ceramics at Central Washington University in 2006. Sarah continues to hone her craft and is a resident artist at Gallery One Visual Arts Center in Ellensburg, WA.

Hours: Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Ries Niemi
(more info)


Playing House
ceramic, polymer clay, paint, 12" round

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