Anna Betbeze

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, Suite 720

Anna Betbeze makes paintings from handcrafted luxury Flokati Greek sheep’s wool rugs, reminiscent of the now-dated American 1970s shag rugs, which she dyes, burns, and sews together in patchwork patterns. Her work focuses on how time inscribes itself on materials, with regard to both aesthetic historical trends and the ways that stains, tears, and other imperfections can point to the object’s uses and users. Betbeze’s multi-sensory rug objects range in size, scaling up to full-size installations, and suggest lineages in art traditions including female fabric craftwork, the felt obsessions of Joseph Beuys, and found-object assemblage of Robert Rauschenberg.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.

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