According to a release from State Fair Community College, an exhibition of artwork by two fiber artists who re-purpose found fabric in their compositions will open at 11 a.m. October 1st at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the State Fair Community College Sedalia campus. The exhibit will remain on view through December 20th.

Donna Sharrett and Debra Smith employ an eclectic and intricately technical practice that bridges the divide between crafts and fine art. Both artists repurpose found fabric, which is painstakingly cut and stitched together to form compatible, yet distinct, bodies of work for their compositions.

Sharrett, who is based in New York City, combines sculpture, craft techniques and nontraditional materials to create detailed objects that draw on the historical and symbolic significance of the circular form. She incorporates rose petals, synthetic hair and rings as well as old neckties, denim and other scrap fabric, buttons, jewelry, and dirt. The materials are chosen specifically for their symbolic values.

Smith, who maintains a studio in Kansas City, creates her compositions from a palette of already-dyed textiles that she cuts into geometric shapes, manipulating a limited range of colors and patterns within a planar grid. Her artwork involves stitching together and overlapping silk fabric derived from Japanese kimonos, suit linings and neckties with connections to other cultures and times.

Sharrett will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. October 6th, and Smith will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. November 3rd, in the museum. The public is invited to attend.
Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (660) 530-5888 or visit www.daummuseum.org.

Randy Kirby