"State of Emergency"
March 7 - April 1, 2013
"Pristine Environment," dimensions variable, approximately 16" x 40." Photo credit: Greg Staley.
Mixed media artist Sabyna Sterrett’s woven textural installations beg viewers to reflect upon the magnitude of one of man’s most permanent and ubiquitous inventions – plastic. “State of Emergency,” Sterrett’s exhibition of woven repurposed plastic bags and products, will be featured in The Art League Gallery March 7 – April 1, 2013.
A project that began by saving the plastic sleeves from Sterrett’s morning newspaper exploded into a large-scale installation of woven, hooked, and crocheted plastic from a variety of sources. Working so intimately with this non-renewable product provided Sterrett with a continuous stream of thoughtful new work. Her pieces challenge us to examine issues such as consumption, how plastic affects our everyday lives, and the repercussions of the waste generated by our habits.
Born in the Deep South, Sterrett spent her early life listening to Southern storytelling, which eventually became a part of her visual lexicon as an artist. After working as a commercial artist for a publishing company and concentrating on fine art by studying drawing and painting, her focus to mixed media (woven contemporary fiber art, fabric, found objects). This is her second solo exhibit at The Art League.
The Art League is pleased to partner with the Alice Ferguson Foundation during “State of Emergency” to raise pollution awareness and motivate residents to action. Representatives from the foundation will discuss their Trash Free Potomac Watershed initiative, a five-pronged approach to solving regional pollution issues, in a presentation on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 pm.
Exhibition Dates: March 7 – April 1, 2013
Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: March 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Alice Ferguson Foundation Presentation: March 21, 6:30 pm