"We are wrapped in cloth from birth through death. With its tactile associations and reference to our sense of touch, woven materials are the perfect means to translate human elements that are layered, complex, non-verbal, and often invisible. In revealing the inevitable progressions of life, my work opens a dialogue that embraces those transitions as a natural part of life, worthy of reflection. I apply thread to layered fabrics such as linens, silks, papers, and printed cottons. By cutting freely into these fields of color, I draw directly with scissors. With layering, I modulate opaque and translucent cloth to create volume. Through extensive machine stitching, I draw, connect and define form. Lines of thread are my brushstrokes, both blending and emphasizing contours. The paper constructions are based on digital prints of my fabric work that I reconfigure in Photoshop. After printing, I rip or cut two prints-on-paper to create warp and weft, and reintegrate them as woven forms. This body of work expands my reflections on the opposites of tearing apart and piecing together, dividing and uniting, knowing and unknowing, and ultimately, changing self-perception. The visual shifts made by the interlocking surfaces embody a life force and movement throughout the woven image. The fragmentation and fusion of weaving reveals the human being in increments, which is how we get to know each other and ourselves. My collaborations with Jackie Abrams were instigated by one of my woven works, Connecting To. Abrams responded with her exquisite eye, skillful techniques, and creative spirit. Together we envisioned how to meld our two art forms. Each three-dimensional vessel mirrors our working conversations and holds our attention."
Scherer has exhibited her work since 1979 in over 160 shows including solos at the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC; the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY; the Redding Museum of Art in Redding, CA; the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York City, NY; the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Brattleboro, VT; and the Maltwood Art Museum in Victoria, British Columbia.
She is featured in the documentary Holding Our Own, which screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and she’s been interviewed on VPTV and on AARP Radio. Including seven Papier-Maché Press covers, her work appears on the renowned When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple and throughout the anthology Threads of Experience. She wrote about her art’s evolution in Deidre Scherer: Work in Fabric and Thread, C&T Publishing 1998.
Scherer received a 1994 Vermont Arts Council Fellowship Award; a 1999 Fine Arts Fellowship from the Open Society Institute; the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s 2008 Humanities Award; and the Rhode Island School of Design’s 2010 Alumni Association Award for Artistic Achievement.
Her work has been reviewed in Art New England; MS Magazine; Art & Antiques Magazine; New Age Journal; Fiberarts Magazine; Times Colonist, Victoria, BC; San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, CA; and The Boston Globe.
Among many presentations, she has spoken at the Older Women’s League, in Washington, DC; the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association in Orlando, FL; the National Festival of the Embroiderers' Guild in Durham, England; and the International Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill in Montreal, Canada.
Scherer’s work has been acquired by The Baltimore Museum of Art; Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA; the Heller Museum, New York City; The Cahoon Museum of Art, Cotuit, MA; Ann Turk, London, England; Ernest Kinoy, Williamsville, VT; Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Feldberg; Marbaum Collection at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA; and The Crowell Collection, Newfane, VT.