Surrounded by Family and Friends
Surrounded By Family and Friends,
a series of life-sized fabric and thread works by artist Deidre
Scherer, depicts six distinct death scenes, which include intergenerational
and non-traditional families from culturally diverse groups.
Using fabrics as paints, Scherer "draws" with scissors and then layers shapes to give her
two-dimensional images a sculptural quality. Using her sewing machine as a drawing tool, she
stitches the cloth surface, drawing with multiple lines of colored threads, to create a startling realism.
Surrounded by Family and Friends,
promotes an open dialogue about dying as a natural part of life
within the context of community and relationship. Scherer is a vital
and articulate visual artist whose work invites a broad spectrum
of public reaction about this most powerful of life's events.
Selected Reviews for Surrounded by Family
"Scherer has thrust
the images of aging and dying into American conciousness
Surrounded by Family and Friends provides a vehicle for
people to speak about the last moments of life, to have conversations
about all the things that have been left unsaid. 'That conversation
can normalize what has been unspeakable territory
The Keene Sentinel, May 6, 2001
"Her current series,
Surrounded by Family and Friends, depicts the complex relationship
of caregivers and the dying. 'We don't die in a vacuum: there's
an entire community around us.'"
Art & Antiques, May 2000
"As honestly as she portrays her subjects, (Scherer) expressed
her concerns about American culture's pervading denial of the
natural eventuality of dying.
She is inclusive in her images
allowing a diverse audience to claim the images as their own.
The pieces seduce the eye into entering a world of grief and love
all at once startling and somehow reassuring."
Diana Lischer, Brattleboro
Reformer, May 10, 2001