Claudia Sbrissa

Claudia Sbrissa has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at Denise Bibro Fine Arts, NY, NY; ArtVenice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Birmingham Museum, Birmingham, UK; AC Institute, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Museo Guillermo Perez Chiriboga, Quito, Ecuador; Herzen Galley, St. Petersburg, Russia; Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY; Kentler Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY; Kuppelhalle der Dresdner Bank, Leipzig, Germany; Mabel Smith Douglass Library Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; MA; Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI; Proyecto ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI. 

She has participated in prestigious residencies including Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy; Salem Art Works, Salem, NY; Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY; Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; I-Park, East Haddam, CT; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME; and Malaspina Studio, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada. 

Sbrissa lectures regularly on her work and on issues on contemporary art. She is a professor of fine art at St John’s University and lives in New York City.


Habitat: the Fabric Works is a series of fabric drawings and paper weavings created from found fabric remnants collected during my travels. Each piece is inspired by the place where the fabric was found and my association with that place. Vestiges of their former existence, these “scampoli”, or textile scraps, are first collaged onto a paper substrates, then reworked through a variety of hand processes including drawing, stitching, and weaving. The formal logic of each work is derived from the cloth’s pattern and its design of alternating vertical and horizontal lines.  I employ corresponding hatched line work using colored ink to emphasize both the formal and notional allusions that inform each piece.