Sun Smith-Foret is a professional studio artist, teacher and independent curator. She has been formally active in textile construction, quilts, sculpture, functional and amuletic objects since finishing graduate school at Washington University.
Her undergraduate work is in art history, art and architecture. She became interested in quilting while studying design, drawing, painting and printmaking as a graduate student. Smith-Foret noticed the importance of line, color, composition, pattern, and especially the complexities and elegant solutions in bending the grid which occurs in traditional African American improvisational quilts. She was drawn to solutions and inventions that enliven basic grid structure and saw the possibility of linking abstract scenarios, social and cultural content from film and filmmakers into my surface design. This connection resulted in a body of work focused on quilts inspired by that linkage to global cinema. As a practicing psychotherapist, Smith-Foret integrates all genres of film related to behavior and cultural impact, gender and social differences, family and other relationships.
The 3D amuletic sculptural work is a recent acquisition in her skill set and came from direct observation of the work of Jane Sauer, a former studio mate and decades-long friend and colleague. The work is sourced by an invitation for an outdoor installation at the Audubon Center at Riverlands in W. Alton, MO. The idea of nests as sign and symbol fit with my current exploration of new materials including flood wood (her home on the Mississippi River is in the floodplain), beads, and waxed linen. The basketry work is sculptural and reflects trans-tribal influences from contemporary and traditional global sources. The circular nature of the construction mirrors spiritual concerns leaning toward the transcendental.
1992 M.S.W. Mental Health & Family Therapy, Washington University, St. Louis MO
1986 M.F.A. Printmaking & Painting, School of Fine Art, Washington University
1983 B.A. History of Art & Archeology, School of Arts and Sciences, Washington University
2019 Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2015 Installation of Spike Lee Jointographies: Florissant Valley Community College, Terry Fischer Theatre, Florissant, MO
2014 Alliance of Black Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO
2013 Fontbonne University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO
Schmidt Gallery Southwest Illinois College, Belleville, IL
2012 Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL
Regional Arts Commission Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2011 St. Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts: Mitchel Museum Main Gallery, Mt Vernon, IL
2010 Kranzberg Gallery Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO
2009 Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2008 Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO
2007 Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO
2005 Fleishman-Hillard Design Firm, St. Louis, MO
Selected Public Collections
Gash-Voigt Dance Theater Company production, Sacred Ground, Missouri History Museum Theatre, St. Louis, MO
City Hall, City of Jefferson City, MO
Washington University School of Medicine, Physician’s Dining Room, St. Louis, MO