"Your art has a touch of articulate madness." Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt

"You are outside the corral of consciousness we are stuck in." Martha Wilson

Artist Statement

SHE VOWS:
To make plastic art*
Redefine plastic art
To make you love plastic art
To challenge and bewitch you with what you think is formal or plastic
To make you bow to her craft
Redefine craft

To weave
To weave your mind
To weave your mind into confusion
To drag you into the sacred without your consent

Weaving is the sacred, the tradition, the rhythm, the craft and know-how passed from generation to generation. It creates the cloth that covers, protects, seduces and honors. Let it be the value, the commodity it has always been. It is fashion, it is couture and it is handmade. But then let how weaving functions, how it is installed within a space, how it activates, how it fractures – let that be profane.

My threads deny the structure of the loom. I do not finish the stitches. I do not bind the materials so that they may hold their structure. I reject the most sophisticated, expensive and luscious materials. Instead I turn to cast-off materials I find at job lots. They are too loud, too tacky for the home hobbyists. I combine them with hardware store finds of rope, twine and flag tape, the more neon the better, the stretchier the better. Hundreds of intersections and textile connections come together and sing. But the tune is not a hymn hopefully someday it will reach the fever pitch and authenticity of Nina Simone in her deep, dark, gravely soulful voice. Let the work be deep, dark and dirty, gritty. It must come from a place of authenticity. I am not looking to create a spectacle for fun or frivolity. This is serious business for me. This is crafting a new fabric in a manner that is complicated, as complicated and fragile as our contemporary moments.

* Greenberg, Clement. "Avant-Garde and Kitsch." Art in Theory 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. IVD Modernism as Critique. Oxford; Cambridge (Mass.): Blackwell, 1995. Print. Pages 529-541. [My use of term plastic art is in reference to Clement Greenberg’s essay about plastic culture and the plastic artist.]

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Bio

Since the age of fifteen Sarah Hewitt has created works in photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Her works question our perceptions of beauty, safety, and delves into honest animalism. Sarah's work is exhibited around the country, has garnered many awards, grants, and residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.

Throughout the years many teachers and artists have influenced and supported Sarah’s artistic practice. Among the most influential artistic influences are Al DeCredico (RISD); Barnaby Fitzgerald, Bill Komodore, Charles DeBus (SMU); teachings and readings while at the St. John’s College of Santa Fe; Harry Cordova and many traditional weavers in northern New Mexico; Katharine Cobey, Tracy Krumm (Haystack Mountain School of Crafts); Sheila Pepe, Carrie Moyer, RELAX (Marie Antoinette Chiarenza and Daniel Hauser), Mickalene Thomas, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt (Skowhegan School for Painting & Sculpture); and innumerable artists worldwide.


CV

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
Spring/Break Art Show, New York, New York
Accidents into Incidents, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, New York
Accidents into Incidents, Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (upcoming)
Everson Biennial, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York (upcoming)
Flats and Rounds, Rosza Center Gallery, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan (upcoming)

2015
Medium Rare, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, NY; curated by Faye Hirsch
Peekskill Projects VI, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
Party Beuys: what comes after the farce, Andrea Meislin, New York, NY; curated by Daniel Hauser

2014
Suspension Point, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, NY; curated by Faye Hirsch
The Right Amount of Wrong, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY; curated by Lovina Purple
Focus: Fiber 2014, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

2013
Congregation, 106 Green, Brooklyn, NY; curated by Sheila Pepe
• Corey Daniels Gallery, Wells, Maine
44N 69W: Radius Belfast, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, Maine
Heart, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, Maine

2012
Fiber Philadelphia 2012, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Inaugural 40 Under 40, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA

2011
• Quimby Colony, Artist Residency, Portland, ME
• Teaching Assistant, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
• Teaching Assistant, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle. ME
SOFA West Installation on Museum Hill of the LOVE ARMOR Project, Santa Fe, NM
• Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, Johnson, VT

2010
New Fibers 2010, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Unraveling Traditions: Contemporary Artists Working in Fiber, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM
Lost & Found, Victoria Price Art & Design, Santa Fe, NM
Subversive Stitching: Feminist Artists with a Needle, Through the Flower, Belen, NM

2009
Earth's Palette, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM
LOVE ARMOR PROJECT, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, NY
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2009, Wichita, KS
LOVE ARMOR PROJECT, Crane Arts, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Conventions & Attitudes: Responding to the 2008 U.S. Elections, Habeas Lounge, CUNY Graduate Center Art Gallery, NYC, NY
Conventions & Attitudes: Responding to the 2008 U.S. Elections, Remy's On Temple, Los Angeles, CA
Engendered Spaces, SCA Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM
LOVE ARMOR PROJECT, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Talking Heads, Seven - O - Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
The Cradle Project, Albuquerque, NM
• Salon MarGraff, Tesuque, NM

2007
The Cradle Project Preview Exhibition, Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
LOOSELY JOINED: New Mexico Artists from the Creative Capital Program, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
The Cradle Project Preview Exhibition, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
The Cradle Project Preview Exhibition, AIA, Albuquerque, NM
Inaugural Exhibition, Underground Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
• Faculty and Technical Assistants Exhibition, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
• Summer Art Show, Tesuque Village Market, Tesuque, NM
Bang!, Farrell Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
WOMADelaide 2007, Adelaide, Australia

2006
• Anniversary Exhibition, Salon Mar Graff, Tesuque, NM
Hold It!, Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, CO
• Faculty and Technical Assistants Exhibition, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
Small Expressions, HGA's Convergence, Grand Rapids, MI
Creative Grand Crossings, HGA's Convergence, Grand Rapids, MI
• Salon Mar Graff, Tesuque, NM
• Ongoing Exhibition, Metier Gallery, Dixon, NM

2005
Weaving and Fiber Arts of the Southwest, The Art Center at Fuller's Lodge, Los Alamos, NM
• Challenge New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
• Ongoing Exhibition, Metier Gallery, Dixon, NM

2003
Wearable Expressions, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA

2002
Celebration of Craftswomen, San Francisco, CA
International Colour Congress, Iowa City, IA
Fiber Celebration 2002, Northern Colorado Weavers Guild, Fort Collins, CO
2-3-4-Dimensions IV, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
Faces of Woman, Honorable Mention, Las Vegas Arts Council, Las Vegas, NM

2001
Nature Observed, Art Studio Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico Women Artists, Harwood Museum, Taos, NM

HONORS:

2016
• Professional-Development Honorable Mention in the Visual Arts, College Art Association

2015
• Milton Avery Scholarship and Dean’s Fellowship, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

2014
• Vermont Studio Center, Fellowship, Residency
• Dean’s Fellowship, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

2013
• Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Artist Residency, Skowhegan, Maine

2012
• Creative Capital, Public Speaking Workshop Grant, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011
• Quimby Colony Fellowship, Portland, Maine
• Penland Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina
• Technical Assistant Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
• Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, Partial Fellowship, Johnson, Vermont

2010
• Honorable Mention, Subversive Stitching; Through the Flower, juried by Judy Chicago and Laura Addison, Belen, New Mexico

2008
• Spiro Arts Residency, Park City, Utah
• Anderson Ranch Arts Center Scholarship, Snowmass, Colorado

2007
• Technical Assistant Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
• WOMADelaide Tjanpi Desert Weavers Workshop Scholarship, Adelaide, Australia

2006
• Creative Capital, Professional Development Grant, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Technical Assistant Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

2002
• Honorable Mention Award, Faces of Woman, Las Vegas Arts Council, Las Vegas, New Mexico

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & VIDEOGRAPHY:

• Sauthoff. Patricia. Cool Threads. Weekly Alibi. July 15-21, 2010. V.19 No.28
• Sardy. Marin. Naughty by Nature. Santa Fe Reporter. July 7, 2010. Page 28
• Roberts. Kathaleen. Love Armor Project. Fiber Arts Magazine. April/May 2009. Pages 30-31
• Price, Meghan. Creative Thinking in Basketry with Hisako Sekijima. Cahiers Metiers d'Art::Craft Journal. Winter 2009. Pages 96-102
• Hill, Lori. Ice Box Project Space. Philadelphia City Paper. February 3, 2009
• Graphic Action. The Graphic Conscience. January 20, 2009
• Carver, Jon. The Love Armor Project. THE Magazine. November 2008. page 45
• Fischer, Zane. Local, If Not Lucid. Santa Fe Reporter. September 24, 2008
• Majerowicz, Amy. Tough Love: The Love Armor Project. New Mexico Free Press. September 17, 2008
• Russo, Kim. Too Cozy. Journal Santa Fe. September 19,2008
• Roberts. Kathaleen. Bringing the War Home. Albuquerque Journal. September 5, 2008
• Love Armor, documentary film for LOVE ARMOR Project
• The Cradle Project. Firelight Foundation. pages 28-29
• Top Talent. Santa Fean. June/July 2008. pages 56-67
• Gallery Wall: Spiro Arts. Park City Flipside. May 22 - June 4, 2008. page 18
• Park City Television. Morning Show. May 21, 2008
• Rossiter, Shaun. A Good Idea Is Not Enough. 15 Bytes. May 2008. page 4
• Kotler, Steven. Land Rover, Land Rover, Toss That Afghan Over. Santa Fe Trend. Spring/Summer 2008. page 42
• Mayfield. Dan. Gallery a Hot Spot for Art Programs. The Sunday Journal. November 4, 2007
• Carver, Jon. Bang!. THE Magazine. July 2007. page 75
• Creative Grand Crossings-Multimedia Interlacements Exhibit. Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot. Spring 2007. page 60
• Fisher, Zane. Santa Fe Trend. Fall 2006/Winter 2007.page 34
• Members Gallery. Surface Design Journal. 2006. page 57

EDUCATION:

• 2016 MFA, Visual Arts, Purchase College, SUNY (upcoming)
• 2013 Skowhegan School for Painting & Sculpture
• 2003, 2005-2008, 2011 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
Charissa Brock, Hisako Sekijima, John Garrett, Sandy Elverd, Tracy Krumm, Katharine Cobey
• 2008 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado; Barbara Cooper
• 1995 Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography and Painting; Dallas, Texas
• 1994 Rhode Island School of Design, Undergraduate work in Fine Arts; Providence, Rhode Island
• 1992-1994 St. Johns College, Undergraduate work in Philosophy; Santa Fe, New Mexico