Hewitt’s work: crafting a new fabric

Oct 04, 2017
Sarah Hewitt of Morrill will install woven sculptural works to cap Belfast’s Perimeter Gallery’s exhibition year. Pictured is “Speaking Dragon.”

Belfast — The downtown Perimeter Gallery will present “Rising,” an installation of woven sculptural work, suspended and mounted throughout the space, by Maine artist Sarah Hewitt.  The exhibition will open Thursday, Oct. 12, with a reception that evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

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.

“This work is deep, dark, dirty and gritty. I am not creating a spectacle for fun or frivolity.  This is serious business for me,” Hewitt said. “This is crafting a new fabric in a new manner that is complicated — as complicated and fragile as our contemporary moments.”

Hewitt’s work leads into conversation about art and craft, feminism, the spiritual and the fluidity of gender and sexuality. She has exhibited extensively throughout the country with recent exhibitions including “Kindred Beasts” at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, N.Y.; and “… so not a goddess …” at the Rosza Center for Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University. For more information about the artist and her work, visit sarahhewitt.com.

“Rising” will continue through Dec. 31; note that the gallery will be closed Nov. 27 through Dec. 4. Perimeter Gallery is located at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 338-0555.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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