Studio Workshop with Exhibiting Artist Sheila Pepe

This event last occurred on November 30, 2018, 1:30—4 pm.

Join exhibiting artist Sheila Pepe as we experiment with new and familiar materials to create personal votive sculptures inspired by her work in Hot Mess Formalism.

No artistic experience necessary. All materials will be provided. For ages 16+

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About the Artist

For over twenty years, Sheila Pepe has made large-scale sculptures and installations using domestic and industrial fibers. Hot Mess Formalism (on view at deCordova October 19, 2018–March 10, 2019), the first mid-career survey of Pepe’s work, examines how the artist plays with feminist and craft traditions to counter patriarchal notions of art making. While Pepe incorporates personal and cultural narratives into her work, she also invites a broad range of viewers’ interpretations. Many of her fiber-based works respond to architectural spaces, adding a layer of awareness about the context of museum display to the meaning of her work.


Sheila Pepe, Red Hook at Bedford Terrace (detail with artist), 2008, shoelaces, cotton yarn, and nautical towline, variable dimensions, Smith College Museum of Art, Purchased with gifts from members of the Museum’s Visiting Committee in honor of the retirement of Ann Johnson, Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum.

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