March 3 - April 1, 2023
From Arts Fort Worth:
“Arts Fort Worth is proud to present the exhibition The Tension of Connection by Sarita Westrup. North Texas based artist Sarita Westrup (Rio Grande South Texas, born 1989) is known for her graphic handwoven wall sculptures that suggest tunnel-like forms of movement with moments of concealment. A self proclaimed craft based artist, Sarita weaves her sculptures by hand, taking singular strands of reed and twining them together. She then rubs the sculptures with mortar to harden the forms. The Tension of Connection is a translated memory of international Texas-Mexico border checkpoints that the artist walked by foot and by car while growing up. In the installation of the works, one encounters intimate fences made from cement covered nets, shadowy loops, fuschia inks, wire wrapped plant fiber, painted creature-like rocks connected by curves, twisted infinity forms, and knotted construction twine. All these works are connected by the artist’s curiosity in movement, contact, and boundaries. This exhibition is a glimpse inside the artist’s work and process during her past year as Emerging Artist in Residence of Arts Fort Worth for 2022.
Sarita is a craft based artist and art educator of mixed Mexican descent living in Dallas, TX. Rooted in weaving techniques and bricolage, her sculptural basketry works are inspired by where she was born and raised, the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas – Mexico border. She received her MFA in Fiber arts from the University of North Texas in 2012. Most recently her work has been shown in “Materials Hards and Soft” at Greater Denton Arts Council in Denton, TX and in “Staked Out” at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. This past summer she was accepted into the 2022 American Craft Council Emerging Artists Cohort receiving a $10,000 accelerator grant. This summer of 2023 she will be teaching sculptural basket techniques at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and the National Basketry Organization Conference in Tacoma, Washington. Visit www.saritawestrup.art . “
Reception: March 3, 2023 | 6–9 pm
1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Fort Worth, 76107 Texas