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Artist Statement

Sewn Assemblages:

My works are mediations on memory; where flowers, music and belongings serve as its repository, and are arranged within a numeric cadence inspired by the sacred geometry of Gothic cathedral rose windows, religious prayer beads, nature, and 6 & 12 string guitars. The circular forms and compositions reflect the seamless continuum of ritual that binds the past to the present, and the present to the future. Mirroring the Buddhist mandala form, the circular shape enveloped by the square background of the “Arrangements” characterizes the infinite within the finite. Nineteenth century memento mori hair jewelry and contemporary makeshift memorial shrines are referenced.

Clothing, jewelry and buttons are among the materials now used which join the ongoing repertoire of symbolically significant materials - rose petals, hair, rings, bone beads and handmade rose beads (inspired by a 13th-century recipe for rosary beads). Guitar-strings are used as a dedication to my brother, Scot Sharrett, as are the song titles chosen to name the works.

A variety of needlework techniques are used, including hand sewing, quilting, embroidery, crochet and needlelace. I am indebted to the venerable needlework sorority that joins women throughout history and is found in every culture; where knowledge of stitches and patterns are taught in intimate gatherings and are passed from one generation to the next; a sorority which includes my mother and grandmother who taught me. The Memento Series (1998 – 2001) is dedicated to my mother, Virginia Sharrett.

I work under the influence of that which I am by inheritance: artist, environmentalist, gardener, seamstress, social activist; accompanied by the sound track which bookmarks my memories.

Photography:

I do not consider myself a photographer but rather a keen observer, enthralled by nature, with a camera. The resulting photographs are my collaborations with time, weather, the earth’s orbit and spin, my camera, and of course the spiders and their amazing webs.

The photographs are not digital manipulated.

Solo Exhibitions

2015             Love Songs. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

                        Webs: Photography and Sewn Assemblages. Teatown, Ossining, NY

2009             Reverb. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

2005             Repertoire: New Works. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

2003             Arrangements. Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY

2002             Artists at Weir Farm: Donna Sharrett. Weir Farm Gallery, Wilton, CT

2000             Mementos. Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

                        Rose Petals and Hair Lace Mementos. Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY

1996             Works on Paper. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

1993             Housecoats/Epitaphs. Delaware Arts Center Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY

 

Two Person Exhibitions

2015            The Thread You Follow: Debra Smith and Donna Sharrett. The Daum Museum of

                                    Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016             (Not So) Still Life, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

2015             Origins: Tradition & Innovation, Tyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego, NY

                    Vices Peculiar to these Eclectics: Contemporary Collage, Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Art                                             Gallery, St John’s University, Queens, NY

2014             The Amusing Style. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

                    Habitat for Artists in conjunction with the Hudson Valley Seed Library

                      Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA

2013             Back to the Future: Contemporary Artists Consider the SCHS Permanent Collection

                      Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, NY

                    Collage: The Alchemy of the Ordinary. McClain Gallery in conjunction with

                      Pavel Zoubok Gallery, Houston, TX

                     Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center. Bates College Museum of Art,

                                    Lewiston, ME; Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee,

                                    Knoxville, TX; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

                   Twenty-First Century Heirlooms. Racine Museum, Racine, WI

                   Where Have All the Flowers Gone. The Paramount, Peekskill, NY

2012            Making Mends. Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

                   Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center. The Daum Museum of

                                    Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

2011            Extreme Materials 2. Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

                   Flora & Fauna: MAD about Nature. Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

                   Material Witness. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

                   New York Fiber in the 21st Century. Lehman College, Bronx, NY

                   Night Scented Stock. Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY

                   Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell

                                    University, Lewisburg, PA

                   Sweet and Savory. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

2010            AbstrACTION. Arts Exchange, White Plains, NY

                   Assembling Narratives: Quilting Impulses in Contemporary Art. Dorsky Gallery, LIC, NY

2009            Daughters of the Revolution. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

                   In Stitches. Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2008            Permanently MAD: Revealing the Collection. Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

                   1968/2008: The Culture of Collage. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

                   1968/2008: The Culture of Collage. Zoller Gallery at Penn State, University Park, PA

2007             Laced with History. John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

                    Luxe, Calme et Volupté. Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2006             Hair. Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

                    Materiality. J Crist Gallery, Boise, ID

                    The New Collage. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

                    Threads of Memory. Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY

                    Thread Bare: Tradition Unraveled. Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY

2005             Collage. Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

                    Collage: Signs & Surfaces. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

                    Encaustic Works. Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY

                    Pulse: Contemporary Artists Working in Fiber. The Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter,                                     NY

2004             All The Numbers I Know. The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

                    I Want to Take You Higher. McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY

2003             Bangladesh, American Embassy. Art in Embassies. Extended Loan. United States                                                                         Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

                    Couplets, The Writer’s Place, Kansas City, MO

                    Newer Genres: Twenty Years of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios Jane                                                             Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

                    Pins and Needles. John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

                    Uncommon Threads. Delaware Arts Center Loft Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY

2002             Hair Stories. Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY

                    Residuum. Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY

2001             Alterations. James Graham & Sons Gallery, New York, NY

                    Handiwork. The Work Space, New York, NY

                    Patterns in the Making. The Gallery at R & F, Kingston, NY

                    Picturing. Gallery Korea, New York, NY

                    Reflecting on the Renaissance. Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld Gallery

                                    New York, NY

2000             Gardens of Pleasure. John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

                    Un*Domesticated. Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing, NY

1999             In Bloom. Norwalk Community Technical College, Norwalk, CT

                    The Passions/Passions of Art. Richard Anderson Gallery, New York, NY

                    Pattern. James Graham & Sons Gallery, New York, NY

                    Objects of Desire. Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY

                    Significant Other. Longwood Fine Arts Center, Bronx, NY

                    Wildflowers. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

1998             Artists Look at Gender. Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

 

1997             Art & Language. Norwalk Community Technical College, Norwalk, CT

                    Artist in the Marketplace Seventeenth Annual Exhibition. Bronx Museum of the Arts,

                                    Bronx, NY

                    Artists Look at Gender. Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

                    Myths, Spirits & Rituals. Gayle Willson Gallery, Southampton, NY

                    Take This Job and Shove It. HERE, New York, NY

                    The Second Annual Art Exchange Show with Adam Baumgold Fine Art, New York, NY

                    Stitches. Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY

1996             This Time and Place. SUNY Art Gallery, New Paltz, NY


Collections

Fidelity Financial Services, Boston, MA

Hebrew Home for the Aged, New York, NY

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

JP Morgan Chase, New York, NY

Museum of Contemporary Arts & Design, New York, NY

Pfizer, Inc., New York, NY

Sprint, Overland Park, KS

United States Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Valletta, Malta

Vinson & Elkins, Houston, TX

 

Publications

2015            Borderlands: Texas Poetry Journal (featured artist). illustrated.

2014             TextileArt From Around the World. Ellen Bakker, Textile-link. The Netherlands. ill.

2012             Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center. Esays by Thomas Piche, Jr.,

                                    Richard Rinehart and Pavel Zoubok. Exhibition catalog. illustrated.

2011             Night Scented Stock. Essays by Debra Singer and Gregory Volk.

                                    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY. illustrated.

                        PUSH: Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art. Jamie Chalmer,

                                    Lark, New York, NY. illustrated.

2010             AbstrACTION, Essay by Dara Meyers-Kingsley, Arts Exchange, White Plains, NY. ill.

                        Assembling Narratives: Quilting Impulses in Contemporary Art. Essays by

                                    Donna Harkavy and Flavia S. Zuniga-West, The Dorsky Gallery, L.I.C., NY. ill.

                        Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax. Lissa Rankin.

                                    Watson-Guptill Publications, NY. illustrated.

2009             Daughters of the Revolution. Essay by Pavel Zoubok. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NY, NY. ill.

                        In Stitches. Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, NY. illustrated.

2008             MAD Book: Museum of Arts and Design Collections Handbook.            Museum of Arts and                                                 Design, New York, NY. illustrated.

2006             The New Collage. Essay by Pavel Zoubok, Pavel Zoubok, New York, NY. illustrated.

                        Threads of Memory. Essay by Margaret Matthews Berenson, The Dorsky Gallery, LIC,                                                 NY. illustrated.

                        2005 2006 Desk Calendar. U.S. Department of State, RPO Vienna. Vienna, Austria. ill.

                        Collage: Signs & Surfaces. Essays by Brandon Taylor & Thomas Piche, Pavel Zoubok                                                 Gallery, New York, NY, illustrated.

                        Encaustic Works, 2005. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, illustrated.

                        2004 Art in Embassies Program: United States Embassy Dhaka. Art in Embassies                                                                         Program, Washington, D.C., illustrated.

2001             Spirit Maps. Joanna Arettam. Red Wheel Publications, York Beach, ME. illustrated.

2000             Donna Sharrett: Mementos. Essay by Tom Piche. Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY. ill.

                        Un*Domesticated. Essay by Robyn Love. Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing, NY.

1999             WILDflowers. Essay by Susan Edwards. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY.

1997            Artist in the Marketplace Seventeenth Annual Exhibition. Bronx Museum,            Bronx, NY.

                        Artists Look at Gender. Essay by J. Wineland. Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY.

                        The Bronx Museum of the Arts Summer ’97. Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. ill.

 

Awards/Commissions/Grants/Residencies

2014             Habitat for Artists. Brookfield Art, World Financial Center, New York, NY

2013             Commissioned Work. Harper’s Magazine, New York, NY. July 2013: p. 73

2003             New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship (Sculpture). NYFA, New York, NY

                        Smack Mellon Artists Studio Residency. Brooklyn, NY

                        Smack Mellon Artist Fellowship. NYSCA, NEA, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs &

                                    The Greenwall Foundation

2002             Weir Farm Trust Artist in Residency. Wilton, CT

2001             Weir Farm Trust Artist in Residency. Wilton, CT

2000             Empire State Craft Alliance Grant. Craft Alliance of New York State, Syracuse, NY

1999             New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship (Craft). NYFA, New York, NY

                        Special Opportunity Stipends Program. NYFA & NYSCA, Garrison Arts Center,

                                    Garrison, NY

1998             Millay Colony for the Arts Residency. Austerlitz, NY

1997             Artist in the Marketplace. The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

1991             Artists Space Grant. Artists Space, New York, NY

1984             Rosalie Johnson Award. Business/Professional Women, Gastonia, NC

 

Lectures/Teaching

2015             Brown University, Providence, RI

                        Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY. (demonstration)

2013             Penland School, Penland, NC. (teaching)

2003             Munson Proctor Williams Institute, Utica, NY

2001             Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

                        The Textile Study Group of New York, New York, NY

2000             Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

 

Panelist

2001             Special Opportunity Stipends Program, New York Foundation for the Arts &

                                    New York State Council on the Arts

1999-2000 Orange County Decentralization Committee, New York State Council on the Arts

1992-1994 Sullivan County Decentralization Committee, New York State Council on the Arts

1992             Sullivan County Cultural Planning Committee, New York State Council on the Arts

 

Education

1984             School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. – B.F.A.

 

 

 
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