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The Sleep Series: Sarah Irvin

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dc.contributor.other Irvin, Sarah 2015-11-20T19:33:46Z 2015-11-20T19:33:46Z May 2015
dc.description Exhibition Catalog from The Sleep Series exhibit at the Fenwick Gallery, George Mason University
dc.description.abstract Fenwick Gallery is proud to exhibit The Sleep Series by Sarah Irvin, part of a larger project called A Bringing Forth. This series of more than 100 watercolors was produced by Irvin in intervals— that is, while her infant daughter napped. Irvin marked the time in tick marks of various sizes and shades of blue. Some longer naps span several pieces of paper, containing hundreds of tick marks. Other naps were clearly very short, with not enough time, even, for Irvin to fill a single page. Within The Sleep Series are titles such as November 4, Morning Nap; November 19, Midday Nap, and December 18, Afternoon Nap. Each recorded nap is separated by a blank page, a pause in the activities of sleep and counting, measuring, working and waiting. Of course, a pause here is not really a pause, because it means that baby is awake. Activities of waking and caregiving happen in these intervals, which Irvin measures and records in other series within A Bringing Forth . Irvin likens the recorded naps to “words in one long sentence,” the blank pages like the spaces between words. Installed in a single row, The Sleep Series covers approximately 50 linear feet—the entire length of usable wall space in the gallery. To read the series from left to right truly is like reading one long sentence and the duration of the piece is powerful: on one hand, quiet and steady and on the other, bustling with the activity of a baby’s brain in sleep and the work of an artistmother.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Fenwick Gallery, George Mason University Libraries
dc.subject visual art en_US
dc.subject infants and sleep en_US
dc.subject watercolor en_US
dc.subject maternal thinking en_US
dc.subject maternal theory en_US
dc.subject mother studies en_US
dc.title The Sleep Series: Sarah Irvin
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