North Suffolk artist’s US newspaper review
An artist from a north Suffolk village has been left “astounded” after her latest exhibition was reviewed by one of the world’s biggest newspapers.
Sandra Sheehy, who works from her home in Rickinghall, came in for praise from The New York Times’ Roberta Smith - the critic widely recognised as one of the most powerful figures in the contemporary art world.
As well as having Music From a Garden at Dusk on display at a gallery in fashionable Manhattan district Chelsea until last month, Mrs Sheehy also has work made in the north Suffolk countryside showing in Paris, Santa Fe and London.
Regarding the review, Mrs Sheehy said: “It’s incredible, really. Very exciting, and astounding. She reviewed me in 2003, so this was her revisiting how the work has changed since then.
“My link with the Cavin-Morris Gallery came about after I sent them some samples, and the latest exhibition was essentially my year’s work.”
Although she studied illustration at college, Mrs Sheehy is essentially self-taught.
Her exhibition at the Cavin-Morris Gallery involved constructions using thread, shells, layers of paper, sequins, yarn, beads, and painted textiles.
She has had work displayed at the New York gallery since 2003, and over the past decade, Mrs Sheehy’s pieces have grown larger and more dimensional.
Mrs Sheehy sources lots of the materials she uses from shops in the Diss Express area. She added that she finds nature particularly inspiring, and as she often works in the garden, those surroundings feed into the finished pieces which can be seen around the globe.
Smith compared Mrs Sheehy to “eccentric abstractionists’” such as Eva Hesse.
She finished her ekphrasis in The New York Times - America’s most-viewed newspaper website - on January 11 thus: “Each effort is an extravagant, compressed world unto itself, at once beautiful and grotesque, natural and wilfully made.”
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