Kabot + Desmarais is a contemporary art partnership between sculptor Sarah Kabot and artist/architect Marianne Desmarais. Kabot + Desmarais collaborate fully to make sculpture and environments that appear to change as a viewer’s point of view shifts. In previous projects, sources of inspiration included the geometry of knots, fluid dynamics and interference patterns. Their collaborative work is in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Clinic and Westin Hotel.
As a studio artist, Sarah Kabot has exhibited nationally and abroad, including commissioned works for the Akron Museum of Art (OH), MOCA Cleveland (OH), the Peabody Essex Museum (MA), and the Drawing Center (NY). Kabot has developed site-specific artwork for the Cleveland Clinic (OH) and the West Collection (PA). Recent honors include an Ohio Arts Council Grant and a residency at The Hambidge Center (GA). She currently is the Chair of the Drawing Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. On the K+D team Kabot brings broad knowledge of the art field and administers concept representation and deliverables.
In her art practice, Marianne Desmarais has been invited to residencies at both the Joan Mitchell Center (LA) and the Banff Center, Alberta (CA). Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Pelican Bomb, with collaborative work in Azure and FiberArts. Recent solo shows include gather at Staple Goods (LA) and samples + patches, an exhibition at the CAC (LA). She has participated in the Atlanta Biennial (GA) and exhibitions at SCAD (GA), the CAC and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (LA). Her work has traveled with Imago Mundi for the Benetton Foundation and has been shown in New York (NY), Toronto (CA), Shanghai (CN), and Detroit (MI). At Tulane University Desmarais teaches design studio, prototyping, and technology courses.