Sawyer Rose - Ties that Bind


Sawyer Rose - Ties that Bind



Artist Statement

Women around the world do more unpaid housework than men – A recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the percentage of men and women who are involved in housework has barely moved since 2003, with 84% of women reporting doing 2.6 hours of unpaid housework daily vs. 64% of men who reported doing any housework at all, and those that did spent 2 hours a day. This is even more striking at a time when the US has nominated its first female presidential candidate.

While women in the US workforce are still struggling to break the glass ceiling, they're also fighting to stop "scrubbing the tile floor" at home. Cooking, cleaning, and childcare responsibilities often still default to women, keeping them from advancing at work and in society.

Inspired to explore the "double burden" carried by women who work at paid jobs and are also responsible for domestic labor at home, Bay Area artist, Sawyer Rose will debut The Carrying Stones project at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture on Friday, September 23. Carrying Stones is A series of a sculpture, performance and video works that portrays the physical, emotional, and practical effects of this issue.

The project documents the lives of 47 women who are currently tracking the hours they spend on paid work, unpaid work, and other activities in a custom web application built for this project. The Ties That Bind sculpture will be a data visualization of those hours, made of 1000 handmade tiles, each representing an hour of time worked.

The Carrying Stones project will debut its first major sculpture at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco on Friday, September 23, 2016. The first sculpture, titled, "Ties That Bind," features 1,000 tiles that will be tied together in a public performance that evening from 5-8pm.

"No matter how far today's women "Lean In," it's hard to be the CEO when they are also the head chef, janitor, and caregiver," says Sawyer Rose. "The goal of this installation is to shine a light on an important issue in our society, and to be a catalyst for more dialogue and solutions to the problem."

Learn more about the Carrying Stones project at: and The sculpture will remain on display for two months on the south side of Building D next to the FLAX art & design store.

About Sawyer Rose

Sawyer Rose is a sculpture and metalwork artist living and working in Fairfax, CA, where she has served as town Artist-in-Residence since 2014. She has taught youth, teen, and senior's art classes for the town, and she organized the first-ever Fairfax Open Studios exhibition.

Rose's sculpture work is represented by Room Art Gallery, Mill Valley, CA. She has had solo shows at Inclusions Gallery in San Francisco, Classic Cars West in Oakland, and Marin Headlands Visitors Center in Sausalito. She has been commissioned by Kaiser Permanente, developers Gerding Edlen, and architects Pacific Peninsula Group.

In 2016, Rose will attend residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, as well as her third residency at Vermont Studio Center. She has been awarded merit grants from The Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Capacity Fund and Vermont Studio Center.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, CA.



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