Sweet creates mixed-media art using procedures directly inspired by natural movements: the constant churn and flow of water, and the shifting and settling of aging earth. This spirit is captured in layers of repeated, lyrical marks, overlaid with patterns, and at times, worked into a larger grid.
The resulting works are abstract, yet rooted in observation. Her process begins in nature, often by observing waves as they advance and retreat from the shoreline. Sweet extracts select perceptual information to deconstruct and reconstruct upon returning to her studio.
This embrace of chance operations leads her in new, unexpected directions. She reuses and recycles all material left over from finished works into new paintings, drawings, and collages. All artworks are thus connected in this way, each a part of a single cyclical process.
Much like her personal investigation of nature outside of her practice, Sweet asks many questions of her work. What environmental changes affected its evolution? What traces of its transformation are left behind? What new shape will it take on?
The subject of her work is the process of its creation, and her joy in being a maker lies in both the discovery and the path it took to get there.