My sculptures strike a balance between abstract form and female identity. Rooted in gesture, these simplified figures embody layers of distilled emotion and archetypal presence. They acknowledge contradictions, combining strength and subtlety, movement and stability, ancient and contemporary outlooks. Many of my works also investigate habitation, place, and the environment. The sculptures range from intimate to large scale, created with a range of materials including wire mesh, steel, resin, bronze, and found objects.
My current work explores human-bird personae, recalling mythological winged figures related to the soul. Inspired by stories and images from many world cultures, these hybrid beings incorporate archetypal and psychological content familiar from religion and fairy tales. Alternately grounded or borne aloft, they reflect on essential human desires and raise questions about our conflicting responses to nature.
Sarah Haviland’s abstract-figurative sculptures and public art installations have been exhibited widely in galleries, parks, museums, healthcare, and educational settings, including commissions at the Flatiron Prow Art Space in NYC; Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ; Pratt Sculpture Park in Brooklyn; NYU Langone Medical Center; and the National Marine Museum in Taiwan. Awards include a Creativity Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the New York and New Jersey State Arts Councils, and residencies at Sculpture Space, Skowhegan, and Yaddo. Sarah Haviland earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Hunter College and maintains a studio in the Lower Hudson Valley. Her most recent honor is a US Fulbright Award for travel to Taiwan in Fall 2018.