Sage Serrano explores her ongoing research of connections that are forced, found, or failed through material experimentations and drawings. She finds and collects objects for inspiration. She tends to work with discarded, non-archival, found paper products, as well as handmade paper. The act of folding, scoring, bending, sun bleaching, and making paper are investigations into mark making. Paper remembers like the body. Folding paper creates a crease that cannot be removed, similarly to how a cut may leave a scar. 

 “Inverse” consists of two geometric pieces, structurally connected or unconnected. To craft these pieces, Serrano began with a single continuous piece of paper that is 236 inches long. The work is made of craft paper and twine, and she uses a paper folding technique. By using a bone folder, merging both line and mark making,  Sage explores various ways of creating connections. This site-specific art installation is part of a meditative process that helps her recollect and reflect on personal experiences. 

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Art installation-sculpture
Craft paper and twine
Approx. 32 x 21 inches diameter 

Sage Serrano is an artist, designer, bookbinder, papermaker, and educator residing in San Diego, CA. She completed her MFA in Painting & Printmaking from San Diego State University in 2021 and her BA in Visual Arts Studio with honors from UC San Diego. She has extensive knowledge in various bookbinding and paper folding techniques. Her artist books are held in special collections and have been exhibited in various exhibitions across the United States and abroad. She has studied European and Eastern papermaking techniques and is a member of the North American Hand Papermakers. Her recent work has been investigating how drawing is a meditative process that helps her recollect and reflect on personal experiences. Her research is a culmination of drawing and paper folding experimentations, line, the body, play, and collecting. She has taught bookmaking & papermaking workshops at libraries, high schools, colleges and universities across California. She is currently a lecturer at San Diego State University & San Diego City College.