Sunday, October 23, 2016

Visiting artist Sarah Hewitt to present lecture "She Vows" Oct. 25 in Rozsa

EmpressSyracuse2, by Sarah Hewett. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center)

HOUGHTON -- The Rozsa Center and Michigan Tech's Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) will present a lecture by visiting artist Sarah Hewitt titled "She Vows," at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Rozsa Lower Level atrium. Hewitt’s exhibit Flats and Rounds, which opened Sept. 30, is on display in the Rozsa A-Space Gallery, through Nov. 18. Hewitt has also created a weaving installation on-site, in the Rozsa Lobby through Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The lecture, installation, and gallery exhibition are free and open to the public. A-Space Gallery and Rozsa Lobby hours are M - F 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. This lecture is presented as part of the VanEvera Distinguished Lecture Series.

According to VPA Assistant Professor and A-Space gallery manager Lisa Gordillo, "Hewitt’s works and manifesto, SHE VOWS, question old-school boundaries established by the art intelligentsia. Hewitt weaves and cuts into these "classifications." She has willingly and handily accepted the term "hybrid." Using laborious handcrafts, sacred rituals, mass-produced materials, and vivid colors the artist leads us into a conversation about art/craft/feminism/gender and sexuality. Hewitt is about the rise of the feminine and honoring our matri/patrilineal lines."

Sarah Hewitt is an artist who currently lives in New York but calls northern New Mexico and mid-coast Maine home. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country. Upcoming exhibitions include Kindred Beasts at the Everson Museum, and Flats and Rounds. Hewitt has received awards and residencies from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Purchase College/SUNY, Quimby Colony and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Hewitt describes her work this way:

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

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