Sculptor Sawyer Rose uses art to depict the work inequalities that women face in her exhibit, “Carrying Stones,” on display at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) through Jan. 23, 2022. 

Upon installation in May, Rose premiered two new sculptures and two more were added in late August. 

The artwork in this show portrays the personal work stories of a diverse group of women and are accompanied by the data that tells a bigger story. The women profiled are a mix of ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, occupations, and socio-economic statuses.

“The women in my sculptures are strong and resilient in spite of their financial, physical, and emotional burdens,” Rose said. “It’s an honor to tell their stories.”

“Her sculptures draw you in with their dramatic presence and hold you with their poignant messages”

—Ami Davis, NUMU’s executive director

Rose’s large-scale sculptures and photography are built using work data collected from female identifying workers from all walks of life and from across the U.S. Participants record their work hours, paid and unpaid.

Then, Rose translates each subject’s hours into a data visualization sculpture that helps viewers understand the vast number of hours each woman logs at her paid job and at her unpaid home or volunteer jobs.

“Sawyer’s exhibition is a milestone moment for our museum and we hope to foster community conversations,” said Ami Davis, NUMU’s executive director. “Her sculptures draw you in with their dramatic presence, and hold you with their poignant messages about women’s work.”

Born and raised in North Carolina and a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, Rose currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

NUMU is located at 106 E. Main St. in the Los Gatos Civic Center Plaza.

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