A feature and interview on Sheila Pepe's exhibition at DiverseWorks:
The installation consists of a vast crochet web that constructs a smaller room inside the gallery. The lines of fiber run across the gallery, up to the ceiling, attaching to walls and creating small pockets of immense comfort. “[The installation] is really pushing what would be thought of as decorative lines,” Pepe continued. The lines that she draws out of crocheted fiber drip down like running paint, turning the rooms into an abstract painting that the public can move through, sit in, or even crawl under.
Pepe often refers to her technique as “improvisational crochet,” looping and knotting fibers together and creating sprawling installations that react to the spaces she occupies. Born from this technique, her prior installations have grown from a personal space to become something monumental, often tying into high ceilings and archways or, in one instance, an elevator. Put me down Gently, however, is much less monumental. As she responds to the architecture of DiverseWorks, the installation moves back into that more personal space and tone.