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Sheila Pepe on Still Digging: New Old Work and Beyond
Now at the end of a two-year, four-venue tour of her first mid-career survey, Sheila Pepe takes an inventory of the work, as informed by her recent accumulation of new knowledge in global histories, cultures, and religions.
Pepe is an artist known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculptures made from domestic and industrial materials. Her recent mid-career survey, Hot Mess Formalism, originated at the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, traveled to the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, and the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, where it will close on March 11. Hot Mess Formalism is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog with contributions by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Elizabeth Dunbar, Lia Gangitano, and Gilbert Vicario (DelMonico Books).
Pepe has exhibited widely throughout the US and abroad in solo and group exhibitions. Venues include MoMA PS1, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and OCAT Shenzhen, for the 8th Sculpture Biennale. Upcoming exhibitions include curator Jared Ledesma's For Today I Am a Boy at the DesMoines Art Center, IA (April 17–September 8), Even Thread Has a Speech, curated by Shannon Stratton for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (September 1–February 2, 2020), and Three Tabernacles for Trying Times, a two-person exhibition of individual works and collaborative projects with her wife, Carrie Moyer, at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine (opens winter 2020).
Pepe is currently the Holt Visiting Artist for AY19 and is in residence at the Department of Art & Art History for the winter term. She is teaching the course ARTSTUD 150: Sculpture: Votives, Totems, and Sanctuaries.
Image: Installation detail (Votive Moderns) from the exhibition Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism at the Bemis Center for Arts, Omaha. Photo by Colin Conces.
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