Just Because I'm a Girl
Sarah Haven

March 1 - 31, 2012

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, March 1, 2012

As a tie-in to the 46th Annual NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts), PUNCH proudly exhibits the new ceramic work of member artist Sarah Haven in her second solo exhibition at PUNCH. In this ceramic installation, Haven continues her investigation of female gender identity using architectural forms as her metaphorical vehicle. For Haven, being a woman in our day and age is a complicated proposition:

"Who am I expected to be? Is it cultural norms that shape the image of who I think I should be or is it my blood and my body that dictates my desires? I long to play the traditional female role and simultaneously reject the notions of femininity it thrusts upon me... I have choices my mother never had. Nobody even uttered the word college to her. Instead, she had a husband, two children she stayed home with, and a house in which to raise them. Sounds like the American Dream to me."
– S. Haven

Haven uses her signature approach of repetitious ceramic forms to wrestle with these questions and others, and it is through their symbolic representation that Haven ultimately arrives at her answers.

Sarah Haven was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. In 2002, she received her BFA in ceramics at Ohio State University, and then moved to Ellensburg, Washington to pursue an MFA in ceramics at Central Washington University in 2006. Her 2011 PUNCH exhibition was reviewed in Ceramics Monthly.


Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat, or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Matt Johnson
(more info)


Sarah Haven
Just Because I'm a Girl

installation view, 2012

Download Press Release
in PDF format