Crown of Thorns

1987

HVAC collar, barbed wire, Exacto blades, tiny nuts and bolts


A bit of tongue in cheek.  Sometimes you come up with an idea that is SO good and SO easy to do - you just have to do it - without even contemplating it.  This was just such a piece.

Queen of Tarts

1987

HVAC collar, aluminum tart pans, egg beaters, tiny nuts and bolts, velvet, lame', helmet liner


This was another piece that seemed so obvious that it "needed" to be done.

George, Before and After,

aka George after 2008

fabric, thread, lace, color Xerox transfer, mixed media

2009


I rarely do 2-dimensional work but this one came together easily for me, mainly because I heavily "layered" or built up the surfaces.  This was created after the 2008 financial debacle.  It seemed to me that the US dollar was pretty "scrambled"after that.

Bowling for Love

1987

Telephone shelf, trophy people, mixed media


I found several of these "telephone shelves" that go in the walls of older homes.  This is where your telephone would sit.  These shelves seemed like perfect "stages" for vignettes, thus this series.


Love is such an important issue for people, the lack of it, the need for it, etc.  I had these great trophy people and they just seemed to speak to me that they'd work nicely in a vignette, celebrating bowling and love.

December 4 2015 thru January 2016 Exhibit, Renee Sherrer

I've been fascinated with fashion all my life yet I've always wanted to give it just a little "tweak" to become more socially relevant OR playful.  I also like to address the universal issues which affect us all, identity, tradition, love, money, etc.  Here are just a few of the items in this exhibit.

Pasta Dress
variety of pasta, white spray paint, silk organza, glass beads, wire, nylon fishing line
1989

Yes, this dress can be worn, but only as a standing  model - you cannot sit in it. It is quite fragile (I do have a "kit" to repair any pasta breakage).

I created this as a contribution to an exhibit that was "Italian" themed.  A group of artists were putting together an exhibition about all things Italian and I volunteered to make a dress out of pasta.

I had NO idea how I would do it - it just seemed like a good thing to do.  

Knowing now, how much time and effort would go into it, I'm not sure I would have chosen this project.  But I'm glad I made it.  It WAS a labor of love and a committment to my fellow artists and our exhibition.  It took me months to: dye the silk organza to match the skin of the model so that the pasta pieces would appear to "float" on her body, make the skirt and bodice, spray paint each piece of pasta (both sides), thread them onto nylon fishing line, attach them to the dress, then to sew the estrella (star) pasta pieces on to the garment like sequins (with tiny glass beads).  That's sort of the "short" version of the way it was made.

Penny Vest

Dyed silk organza, dyed metallic silk organza, pennies, metalic thread

1998


This piece was made for an exhibit in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.  If you've ever been there - you know it's ALL about money; how much you have, how much you flaunt, etc.  I was working in an art-to-wear boutique where the clothes (which were art pieces) were incredibly and deservedly expensive.  I was so broke, I couldn't afford to buy the clothes I was selling!  So I made my own "version" of a wearable art piece that was all about money, albeit only pennies.

Brassiere Dress

Hundreds of white brassiers, net, lace, a bustier, glove pieces

1987


I wanted to make a garment in which the hidden (intimate) would be not only exhibited, but decorative.  What could be more intimate and feminine than a  brassiere.  I collected hundreds of brassieres, from training bras to nursing bras, and sewed them onto a heavy cotton skirt, starting with the smaller ones at the top and going to the largest ones at the bottom.  The top was an easy solution, a lined bustier with a corsage made of red and pink brassieres and glove fingers.


Also, I used only white for the body of this garment as I wanted to reference that virginal "coming out" ball gown tradition that is so important in cultures where a young woman makes her "debut" into womanhood wearing such a garment.


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Mr. Scrabble is Tired of Waiting for Love

1987

Telephone Shelf, scrabble tiles and board, mixed media


Another piece that cried out to be made, I love the ennui that Mr. Scrabble seems to exhibit.  WHO among us has not laid in bed contemplating the lack of love in their lives.