Sarah Kabot

pigment print on mulberry paper
36" x 53" x 17"

(b. 1976 – Royal Oak, MI) Sarah Kabot’s work asserts subtle new possibilities for the objects and sites we see and experience every day. A minimalist in approach and practice, Kabot studies the minutiae or the overlooked around us to find meaningful opportunities for recontextualizing our expectations. Her elegant gestures ask the viewer to consider the innumerable thoughtful designs that comprise the environments in which we live and work, as well as the way one navigates those spaces. Whether echoing actual building fixtures with her own ghost-like sculptural copies or capturing rubbings from urban and memorial site surfaces, the artist encourages and demonstrates the contemplative consideration of our space and time.

In this work, Kabot has layered several front-page news stories, heavily modifying the articles’ images to create an inter-related interpretation. The Arabic phrase depicted here can be translated as “The Reaction and the Resistance is still ongoing.” Within the space of the excised photograph is the text of a New York Times article commenting on how the Paris Attacks in 2015 would assuredly alter the content of the G-20 Conference concurrently happening in Turkey. The presentation of these overlapping, contextualizing images gives the viewer a potent reminder of how seemingly separate events nonetheless define one another, the immediate social environment, and, ultimately, ourselves.

Kabot received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited across the US at many institutions, such as the Akron Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, and The Drawing Center, NY. She has been recognized with several awards and prizes including the Cleveland Arts Prize for Mid-Career Artists (2017) and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2010). Kabot is Associate Professor and Chair of Drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art.


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