Perimeter Gallery is pleased to present RISING, an installation of woven sculptural work, suspended and mounted throughout our space, by Maine artist Sarah Hewitt. The exhibition opens Thursday, October 12, with a reception that evening from 6 to 8 pm, and continues through December 31. The gallery will be closed November 27 - December 4.
Sarah Hewitt uses the traditional crafts of weaving and stitching to create riotous and sprawling work that marries vivid yarn with job lot finds, natural objects, gaudy trims, sequins, pompoms, flagging tape, crystals—anything in which she sees potential to bewitch or dazzle. With these disparate and often cast-off materials, she weaves, draws, conjures, aggregating clashes of color and texture in pieces that can engage both as tapestries and abstract creatures.
Ultimately, Sarah “makes hundreds of intersections and textile connections come together and sing; but the tune is not a hymn,” she asserts. “This work is deep, dark, dirty and gritty. I am not creating a spectacle for fun or frivolity. This is serious business for me. This is crafting a new fabric in a new manner that is complicated—as complicated and fragile as our contemporary moments.”
Her work leads us into conversation about art and craft, feminism, the spiritual, and the fluidity of gender and sexuality.
Sarah Hewitt has exhibited extensively throughout the country with recent exhibitions including Kindred Beasts at the Everson Museum in Syracuse New York, and …so not a goddess… at the Rosza Center for Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University. More images of Sarah’s work, reviews, interviews and her writing are available at www.sarahhewitt.com.
Perimeter Gallery is located at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main Street , in Belfast , Maine . Gallery hours are 7-5, Tuesday through Saturday, 8-2 on Sunday. For more information call 338-0555, or email email@example.com.
Immense gratitude is due to Freddy Lafage, Eliza Evans, Andrea Barone, Lenfrey Young and Robin Peskoe in assisting in installation of these works. Over fourteen hours of ladder climbing, scaffolding monkeying around and extensive reaching, tweaking and adjustments were volunteered by these wonderful folk. So many, many thanks!
Woven sculptural work by Sarah Hewitt
Exhibition dates: October 12- December 31, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6-8 pm
***Gallery will be closed November 27-December 4***
Hours: 7-5 Tuesday through Saturday and 8-2 on Sunday
Perimeter Gallery at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St. Belfast , Maine 04915
Smells Like Joy, 2017, 22” x 117”, 3”, Woven and drawn yarns, trims, pompoms, beaded trim, flag tape
Puma, 2017, 40” x 34” x 2.5”, Woven and stitched yarns, sequins, pompoms, pyrite beads, twine
The Captain, 2017, 108” x 204” x 5”, Woven and stitched yarn, trims, fabric, rope, paper rush, beads, ironstone, found wood, fringe, crystals
Hitchhiker, 2017, 42” x 14” x 5”, Woven and stitched used wood beaded seat cover, yarn, pompoms, twine, nails
Blue Boob, 2016, 68.7” x 19” x 3”, Crocheted and stitched yarn, thread, fabric
Speaking Dragon, 2017, 64” x 64” x 5”, Woven and stitched yarns, sequin trim, mylar streamer, tape, ironstone, pins
Nevermind My Shit-Eating Grin, 2017, 64” x 38” x 11”, Woven and stitched yarns, trims, leather, Christmas ornament, brass bead, sea anemone beads, crystals of joy, bronze, sequins, pompoms
Dancing Warrior, 2017, 100” x 45” x 6.5”, Woven, stitched and drawn string, yarn, trim, leather, metal mesh, frame loom, mylar streamers, fiberglass rod
Golden Shower, 2017, 112” x 20.5”, Woven yarn, trims, flag tape, fringe
Golden Bough, 2017, 99” x 24”, Woven yarn, trims, flag tape
Pink Leopard Lady, 2017, 92” x 24”, Woven yarn, trims, flag tape, beads
Momma Donna, 2017, 117” x 17” x 3”, Woven yarn, trims, sequins, flag tape
Thigh Gap, 2017, 117” x 29” x 3”, Woven fringe, pompoms, mylar streamers, fake fur, flag tape, yarn
Emerald City Skank, 2017, 35” x 9.75”, Woven and stitched sequin tube top, yarns, pompoms, twine