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Simple Drawing

Artist:

Sheila Pepe

Location:

University of Massachusetts, Boston  

Location

University of Massachusetts, Boston
United States
42° 18' 46.476" N, 71° 2' 11.8752" W

Neighborhood:

Dorchester

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2010

Medium:

Various fibers

Collection:

Arts on the Point

Funders:

Description:

Like many sculpture collections, Arts on the Point contains few works by female artists, reflecting the reality that sculpture, especially large-scale, monumental sculpture, was not seen as a suitable medium for women to work in until the later years of the twentieth century. This work, by contemporary artist Sheila Pepe, is the first work by a woman to be displayed in the UMass collection. It is also the first work to be commissioned for a specific location—the Campus Center, completed in 2004.

Although Simple Drawing may be monumental in its scale, its materials appear fragile and its construction tenuous.  The work also defies traditional notions of medium: when a work of art is hanging from a wall, we rarely call it a sculpture, but this work is neither a painting nor a tapestry, although it is made from interwoven fibers. Pepe’s work provides an intriguing counterpoint to the weighty pieces of de Kooning and Di Suvero, located nearby. 

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