Marita Hewitt’s practice is underpinned by an environmentally conscious ethos, and a sensitive and meticulous approach to materials and processes. Her delicate works explore the syntax of waste, and offer intriguing and often poignant insights into the artist’s own life.
This Moment Has No End sees Hewitt working with household fabric waste, transforming timeworn bed sheets, duvets, cloths, and tea towels into beautiful handmade rag paper. Using photographic documentation as reference, she paints immaculate watercolour images on the textured surface of the paper. Hewitt beautifully renders the folds of the fabric; the worn out floral patterns and frayed edges; the paint splatters on an old sheet that became a drop-sheet for home renovations.
My practice exists entwined with and through my home (itself a work in progress), I see my work as a natural autobiographical output of domestic life, curiosity and contention. Recent works seek to navigate and question our modern sociological relationship to, and system of; production, labour, consumption and waste; charting lines between private space and work space, technology and craft, garbology and anthropology.
For This Moment Has No End, I collected personal household fabric discards to use as both material and muse, presenting a library of stains with stories, from sheets to drop cloths, tea towels to rags and handed down muslin cloths, their constituent circular economy as paintings is earnest.