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Synchronicity of Color

Indianapolis, Indiana

Margo Sawyer (http://www.margosawyer.com)

Eskenazi Health | Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital l 1st Floor Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse West Corridor, 720 Eskenazi Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202
Owner:  Eskenazi Health (http://www.eskenazihealth.edu/)
Date:  2013
Placement:  hospitals
Collection:  Eskenazi Health Art Collection
Artwork Type:  installations (visual works)
Material:  zinc, steel (alloy), powder coating
Description:  Synchronicity of Color, located in the west corridor of the outpatient building, continues artist Margo Sawyer’s investigations into the relationships between between color, light, art and architecture. The artwork consists of 8 inset art elements and 23 wall-mounted elements. The artwork fills four walls in the hallway between the Eskenazi Hospital Building and the visitor-parking garage. Although it is abstract, the artwork helps to defuse the impression of traveling into the unknown, a condition visitors often experience as they enter a hospital. All the art elements, whether inset or wall mounted, are steel constructed and decorated with a variety of auto paints. A hallmark of Sawyer’s work is the use of dynamic color paints developed for the automotive industry,used particularly in Formula One cars, paying homage to the importance of auto racing to the city of Indianapolis. The technique has resulted in surfaces that change color depending on the angle from which the work is viewed.

The title of the work Synchronicity of Color is part of a larger body of work that takes its inspiration from Jung’s synchronistic events that reveal an underlying pattern, a conceptual framework that Sawyer alludes to with the title of this work and the play of color and dimensionality. As in a quilt, a union of different shapes and colors combine to form a union, bringing a joyous, inspirational reverie to a space and sense of place. The work often acts like a marker due to the play of color it stands out from its context, creating specificity a sense of place, at Eskenazi Health the work creates a celebratory gateway as you enter or leave the hospital. The ordinary becomes extraordinary and by placing some of the art into the wall; the entire wall becomes the artwork. This collaboration between the artist and the architecture transforms a utilitarian space with a sense of jubilance and prompts the viewers to pause, reflect, and consider their surroundings.

Sawyer was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in England. She received her foundation education in art from Brighton Polytechnic and her BA from the Chelsea School of Art in London. After attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Sawyer completed her MFA at Yale University. She has taught art at the University of Texas at Austin since 1988. Sawyer has had solo exhibitions at the Austin Art Museum, the University of Texas at El Paso, the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh and the Art Museum at the University of Houston, as well as at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas. She is the recipient of an individual artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Fulbright travel grants to India and Japan and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation biennial award. Sawyer’s public commissions include work for the San Antonio International Airport, Whole Foods World Headquarters in Austin, the Convention Center in Austin, One Arts Plaza in Dallas, Austin Ranch in Plano and Discovery Green in Houston. Her work for Discovery Green earned her a coveted Public Art Network Award for one of the 40 best projects in the U.S. in 2008. Sawyer lives in Elgin, Texas.
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