Between Monuments

Works by Sarah DePetris

March 5 – April 10, 2021

TranSystems Gallery


Artist Statement:

Between Monuments is an exhibition of new sculptural works by Texas-based artist Sarah DePetris. It is based on a series of​ ​“monuments” found beneath Texas highway underpasses and abandoned construction sites. Contrasting contemporary ruins with fragments and monuments from antiquity, the works reimagine overlooked and discarded piles of rubble as icons and objects of potential. They are suspended between destruction and resurrection; the made and unmade. Often site-specific, vibrant, and defying gravity, they create accessible bridges between the real and imagined. By creating plaster casts and sculptures from often invisible sites, objects, and debris, the works give them permanence and value. They transcend their own destruction to become symbols of possibility. Through repetition and time-intensive processes, they capture the tension and potential embodied in ruins and not-yet-made. They dissolve the boundaries between absence and presence, the valued and invisible, longing and the unattainable. ​Navigating the space between opposites, the exhibition expands​ the limits of reality and asks the viewer to explore the liminal spaces of possibility.

Artist Bio

Sarah DePetris is an artist whose practice integrates installation, painting and sculpture. She makes multi-dimensional drawings of found piles of rubble and construction debris.​ ​Often site-specific and defying gravity, her works are bridges between the real and imagined, the made and unmade. ​DePetris exhibits her work nationally, with current solo exhibitions and installations at Tank Space in Houston, and at the Fort Worth Creative Arts Center. Her works have been in numerous juried exhibitions across the United States, including the Vignette Art Fair at the Women’s Museum Building in Dallas and the Rosenzweig Biennial at the Arts and Science Center Museum in Arkansas. Her work is included in the permanent collections of Capital One and the University of Texas at Tyler. DePetris received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009 and is currently pursuing an MFA in Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas.