Skin deep is an exhibition of embroidered and stitched pieces by Sally Hewett. Sally’s work is inspired by bodies: not conventionally beautiful bodies, but bodies which show their history, that have been altered by their experiences, that are decorated with scars, spots, stretch-marks, veins – bodies that have the marks of life on them. The exhibition includes a new series of fabric reliefs depicting bodies altered by surgical procedures and medical conditions.
Sally says: ‘I am interested in how we see things and how we interpret what we see. Why are some bodies considered beautiful, and others ugly? How does my use of materials and techniques traditionally associated with prettiness and gentility affect how the content is seen?’
Sally Hewett graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design. Articles on her work have appeared in numerous online magazines, including the Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan, and in printed magazines, including Texteil Plus and Pom Pom. Her work has featured in books including Sometimes Beautiful, edited and published by Michael J. Beam, New York, and The State of Art series, published by Bare Hill Publishing, Worcestershire. Her work has been exhibited in various venues in the UK, US and Europe, and has been bought for private and public collections.
The private view for Sally’s show is on 1 April 2016, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.