COMMON SENSE, 2009-2012


COMMON SENSE, 2009-2012

Common Sense was an installation performance series that Pepe calls “practicing for the end of ephemera.” The installations were large-scale crocheted drawings — informed by Modernist abstract compositions as well as late 20th century notions of de/construction. Audience-turned-participants “unraveled” the art, transforming the drawing into raw materials for making their own scarves, hats, socks, etc. .


Boston Globe article

Common Sense, Biella, 2012

Yarn. Included to represent Asilo Bianco, Ameno in ARTInRETI: Artistic Practice and Urban transformation in Piemonte, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy, Curator: Giorgio Caione

  • Guida, Cecilia, Sandoval, Naldini & Asilo Bianco. ARTInRETI: Artistic Practices and Urban transformations in Piedmont. Biela, Italy: Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, 2012.

Common Sense, Athens, 2012

Yarn. A solo exhibition at American College of Greece: Deree, Aghia Paraskevi, focused on providing a commons – a small “tent” – for class meetings and eventual deconstruction.


Common Sense, Boston, 2011

Yarn, rope structure and hardware. Installed for the solo exhibition “Common Sense, and Other Things” at Carroll and Sons Art Gallery, Boston, MA

  • Cook, Greg. “Research and Development: Artists Probe Atrocities, the Atmosphere, and Yarn,” The Boston Phoenix, January 14, 2011.
  • McQuaid, Cate. “Strings, attached and removed.” The Boston Globe, January 6, 2011.

Sheila Pepe: Common Sense: Chicago, 2011

Yarn. Installed in the curators’ home – which was was the exhibition space. Deconstruction was performed by the youngest member of the household – Lucas – and his friends.


Common Sense, Tblisi, 2010

Yarn, rope structure and hardware. Installed for Chime In, Artisterium, Tbilisi, Rebublic of Georgia, Curator: Lydia Mathews and Laurie Lazer


Common Sense II. 2010

Yarn, rope structure and hardware. Installed as part of Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art & Craft, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX

  • Cassel Oliver, Valerie. Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft. Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2010.

Common Sense: a collaboration with curator Elizabeth Dunbar, 2009

Yarn. Solo exhibition at Testsite/Fluent-Colab, Austin, TX