Sculptural Work by Eric The Sage
Eric The Sage is a sculptor and multi-genre artist originally from the westside of Chicago, now living in Maywood, IL. He was at the Pancakes and Booze art show. He's performed as a rapper at Lincoln Fest in Galesburg, Maywood Fest, and was featured on Culture Media's In Da Basement Season 2 showcase. He has also participated in YesFest in Elmhurst. His art has been published in issues of Catch Magazine and Made Magazine. He is currently working on publishing his own art book.
Eric summarizes his approach to his sculptural work in the following terms:
"The body of work that I have made during open studio comes from my interest in the existing genre of Afro-Futurism, which seeks to take elements of the past, compare them and analyze them with our situation in the present and seeks to reimagine the future of black within the fabric of time. I’ve been trying to rediscover my past as a black person living in America; Afro-futurism combines science-fiction and African/African-American narrative.
"In my work I have to create a narrative because that touches on the ideas of Africa’s past and combines them in a way that makes sense to me. In reality, Black people in America have been the real victims of an alien abduction and continue to be plagued by oppressors. The art I create almost has to be sort of escapist because It’s difficult to come to grips with the realities of the past and how they affect us now."