…..It should be recognised that Sages has created an entirely new kind of landscape painting….
Looking at one of Sages’s panels we see a mass of dots and lines incised into a waxy surface stained with pigment. These squirming patterns might have been made by tiny worms rather than the human hand. Others resemble clusters of minuscule seeds, ready to be scattered by the wind. It seems inadequate to describe them as “abstract” – they are like slices of rock, or plants seen through a microscope. One may discern nests, shells, animal tracks, the spines on leaves, the movement of tides, or numerous other traces of the natural environment. They are fragments that contain whole worlds.
An excerpt from catalogue essay by John McDonald