Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze, Untitled (detail from exhibition Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum), 2013. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Tom Powel Imaging.

Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (2013-14) was the artist’s first solo exhibition in the Philadelphia area. Sze is known for her site-specific sculptures and installations that combine mundane objects, ranging from hardware store items to household plants, to create elaborate, architectural presentations imbuing the everyday with surprising significance. Her work incorporates her ranging interests in visual art, architecture, science, and philosophy.

Sze’s exhibition at FWM explored the construction and measurement of space, mass, time, and volume through the use of materials. Three museum floors contained different experiments. Each one turned the viewer’s sense of scale, gravity, and information on its head. Common objects like rocks, newspapers, and furniture mutated from something known to something foreign, fragile, newly composed, and entirely transformed.