The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is pleased to host Sun-Smith-Foret: Final Cut. The exhibition begins with a 6 p.m. opening reception on Friday, May 6.
More than 30 tapestries, ranging from small pieces to wall-sized installations, represent Smith-Foret's interpretation of classic film and cinema. Smith-Foret uses the African American textile technique of strip piecing which uses brightly colored strips, multiple patterning, and appliqué. The result is compelling graphic imagery that conveys her interpretation of the tone and color of film genres that include Westerns; Women in Film; African-American films; and Global Cinema.
The tapestries are not only visual reinterpretations of classic films, but vignettes about the actors, directors, fictional and historical figures, and often the making and aftermath of the actual film
As a psychotherapist, Smith-Foret's work delves beyond the surface and into the depths of the meaning of the film. Although visually stunning, there remains a depth to her work. Each stitch and placement of material is considered during the creation of a tapestry. The textiles invite the viewer, visually, and by nature of the material, into a psychological conversation that envelopes like a quilt on a bed.