Sheila Pepe invites viewers to sit, look around, observe

Rarely does furniture in a gallery space trump the art on the walls, but in Sheila Pepe’s new show at Carroll and Sons, the furniture
is art.

It’s not studio furniture — the benches, tables, and more that break into the art world with exquisite craftsmanship and originality. Pepe’s installation works the other way around — her art breaks into furniture’s more mundane world. It’s sly, trenchant, and often cozy.

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The title of a single wall piece in the gallery’s foyer broadcasts her concept. “Image (Stuffed),” is a crocheted sculpture with concentric ovals on the face framing a mint-green zip down the middle. This is not a throw pillow; it’s an image, an artwork. On

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