Using systems of copying, mirroring, and amplification, Sarah Kabot creates work that reproduces in another material, often paper, the physical aspects of a particular, commonplace space. She has reproduced in vinyl the grout lines of tile work in rooms and shifted them all ½ inch up and ½ inch to the left. For On the Flip Side at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA Cleveland) she reproduced in stark white paper, to exact size and upside down, all the objects in one of the galleries – the ductwork, the sprinkler heads and piping, structural steel of the glass divider walls, the hygrothermograph, etc. These meticulously made sculptures and installations create a visual tension between the original and the imagined object and put in question the nature of reality and reproduction. By emphasizing in this manner the object, particularly objects that are usually ignored in a space, her work challenges the viewer's perceptions and attention to detail while altering the comprehension of the object's structure and meaning.
Sarah Kabot is Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She holds a MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI (2002) and a BFA in Fiber and Ceramics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1999). She is a 2008-09 residency artist in the Workspace Program at Dieu Donné, New York, NY. Most recently an installation was shown at Mixed Greens Gallery in New York (summer 2008). Her installations have been exhibited at Raw & Co. in Cleveland, OH, Cranbook Art Museum, Cranbrook, MI, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, galleries in Cleveland, Grand Rapids and Interlochen, MI, and other places. Kabot, as the 2006 Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist, had a solo exhibition with catalog at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.