Priscilla Sage

Priscilla Kepner Sage was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1936. She grew up with her parents and two siblings in Allentown and Quakertown, Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University in 1958. She pursued graduate studies at Columbia University and Iowa State University, but received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1981. She has taught art and made her own art steadily since her undergraduate degree. At the time of the interview, she was a professor at Iowa State University, and a fiber sculptor. She is married and has two children.

The artist states, “I am endlessly fascinated by color and form and the relationships between them. Three-dimensional forms and color are complex phenomena and become more so when the forms start moving so that light plays on different surfaces. My sculptures are lightweight, designed to move in air currents so the colors make that sensuous slide from convex to concave or turn from a cool exterior to a rich vibrant interior. Although I work on a large scale, my inspiration comes from the structure of natural forms that can be as small as mosses, as sinuous as the DNA helix, as vast as images from the Hubbel telescope, or as personal as the human body. The underlying theme of my sculpture is the relationship of humans and nature. There are deep and powerful connexions between ourselves and everything else; the longer we look the more we see how our existence and the nature of the universe are part of one consist picture.”