Sarah Hewitt is a Maine based contemporary artist. Her works are exhibited throughout the country with recent exhibitions including Kindred Beasts at the Everson Museum, and ...so not a goddess at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University. Sarah has received many residencies and awards including a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency, Vermont Studio Center fellowship, and multiple Haystack Mountain School of Crafts scholarships. Recently she was nominated for the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award.
Sarah uses laborious handcrafts, sacred rituals, synthetic mass produced materials with vivid colors; the artist leads us adeptly into a conversation about the art and craft, feminism, and the fluidity of gender and sexuality. Sarah relishes the rise of the feminine and honors her matrilineage and patrilineage.
Along with an active exhibition schedule Sarah consults and designs for galleries, small businesses, arts non-profits and artists around the country on many projects and programs. Her design firm, Straitjacket Design, provides artists and nonprofits with a range of design services, marketing, and career development consulting.
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); 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); Faye Hirsch, Nancy Bowen, Rachel Owens, Michael St. John, Daniel Bauer (Purchase College/SUNY); and innumerable artists worldwide.
...so not a goddess...
Woven Installation for the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. Curated by Lisa Gordillo. On view from October 26, 2016 - May 3, 2017
Full installation: 19' 3" x 44' 6" x 63' 7", Woven, crocheted, stitched and drawn flag tape, twine, yarns, cable, fabric, paillettes, sequins, tube top, beaded trims, leather trims, latex tubing, pompoms, tinsel, lap loom, tape dispenser, medicine bottle with dirt from Maine, dirt packages, crystal pull, found wood, clay, lambskin, ceramics, shackles.
To make plastic art
Redefine plastic art
To make you love plastic art
To make you bow to her craft
To weave your mind
To weave your mind into confusion
To drag you into the sacred without your consent