“Sharing stories and using hope to fuel new possibilities…” Press Release

The below press release comes courtesy of BoxHeart Gallery and the Baggage Claim Project, an artistic community experience in which stories are collected, transformed into physical form, then “disassembled and explored, unfolded and unraveled, to reveal hidden text.”

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Pittsburgh, PA – June 2016: From Pittsburgh to Miami, New York city and back again, multi-media artist Daria Sandburg continues to collect “baggage” and hammer “heavies” for her Baggage Claim Project, an artistic community experience of sharing stories, burning up the drek, letting go, and using hope to fuel new possibilities. Her project is currently presented as a social practice participatory art installation in BoxHeart’s gallery windows.

Sandburg’s Baggage Claim Project invites viewers to participate in her art making process. The window installation serves as a safe place to drop by and tell tales that weigh on the heart. Shared tales are “hammered” into metal by Sandburg and affixed to the bed. Other tales are deposited quietly into “the claim” for Sandburg to carry. Her art objects can be disassembled and explored, unfolded and unraveled, to reveal hidden text. When combined with the people that stop by to take part, the Baggage Claim Project becomes real. It highlights the experiences that connect us to one another.

Sandburg will be collecting stories in the BoxHeart Gallery on Tuesdays through Saturdays (4pm – 8pm) and Sundays (1pm – 8pm) through June 24th.

About Daria Sandburg

Daria Sandburg is a Pittsburgh-based multi-media artist. Using found historical objects, sculpted metal work, fused glass, and narrative brought meaningfully together to form a new coherent whole, Sandburg gives form to time and memory by visually creating a quiet glimpse into a worn, personal history. Sandburg’s objects are not meant to be perceived in isolation from her artistic process. The materials she selects are intended to awaken within the viewer the value of daily experience and the connection between the universal and the individual organically. Her assemblage works contain hidden treasures. Open a jar to find a pendant, unravel fabric to find hidden text. Sandburg fosters imagination by creating a participatory experience between her artwork and the viewer.

Born in Rock Island Illinois, Sandburg was the co-founder of Bohemia Gallery in Tucson Arizona where she curated exhibitions while making her own artwork. In 2012, she moved to Pittsburgh for her residency exhibition, In Her Own Words, at Borelli-Edwards Galleries. In the 2013 35th Annual Frank Sticks Exhibit at Glenn Eure Gallery in Nags Head North Carolina, Sandburg’s artwork received top honors with the Best of Show Award. In 2014, Sandburg’s artwork was selected to appear in the Lions Gate upcoming motion picture The Last Witch Hunter. Last summer, Sandburg took to the streets of Pittsburgh with her self-initiated public project, Baggage Claim, an artistic community experience of sharing stories, burning up the drek, letting go, and using hope to fuel new possibilities. Since then her project has traveled to Miami for Art Basel and New York city for Frieze.