ARTIST STATEMENT

When I reach a sense of ‘quiet’ within the process, I realize a work (whether encaustic painting or installation) is complete.  When the creative process is going well, I feel a sense of cadence and rhythm.  I would like the viewer to be drawn in by the beauty of the work as it stands on its own, but then look for deeper meaning.

My work delves into socio-political concerns moving outward from the personal to the wider communities of gender, tribe, country, and, finally, universal.  By looking at an issue as an individual who is part of these larger communities, I create a multi-perspective.  Most of the preparation work is intellectual and involves deep research, but once I approach the making of the artwork, it becomes spontaneous and flows in bursts of creativity – normally taking the shape of very distinct series.  My goal is not to proselytize regarding any subject, but to reveal dynamic dialogue which queries the viewer – so they can actively consider the issues and make up their own minds about the topic.

Recently, I was intrigued by an image of a Hiroshima survivor whose skin had been scarred black from the dark designs of the kimono she was wearing at the time of the blast.  This image immediately brought to mind scarification, branding, and even damage revealed through tree rings.  As our ‘markings’ can be psychological, as well as physical, I began research on atomic bombs and their ‘afterburns’ – this research has become the BRANDED series.  The images, although prompted by an horrific action, are lyrical and beautiful.  Expanding into all psychological and physical 'after effects' - these works celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.

I will be traveling to Japan in October 2018 to present work to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Info

Artist may be contacted directly at: sherfickart@gmail.com or
cellphone 615-975-1025 between the hours of 12PM – 3PM.

Bio

Sher Fick is a certified RF Handmade Paints (Encaustic) Instructor - she lives and works in Rural Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. Her studio consists of 1200 sq. feet of a working/mentoring/instructional space.  Sher has a BFA specializing in Painting/Sculptor from Middle TN State University.  Her continuing education includes Advanced Encaustic, Experimental Printmaking and Relational Art.  She was the inaugural artist for Seed Space for Experimental Art & Dialogue in Nashville, TN and was part of TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the 21st Century, a traveling exhibition.  She has exhibited in Selected, Solo and Juried Exhibitions since 2001.

Links For Artists & Collectors

Fine Art America
The premier online marketplace for buying and selling original works of art.

Seed Space
Seed Space is a lab for site-specific installation, sculpture, and performance-based art in Nashville.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.

The Tennessee Arts Commission
A state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to ensure the citizens of Tennessee have access to and the opportunity to participate in the arts.

Adrienne Outlaw Studios
Nashville-based contemporary artist, whom I have interned and worked with

Saatchi Gallery
A Juried Online Art Gallery

Sher Fick on Pinterest
Recommendations from Sher on Creative Living and Loving

CSA - Community Supported Arts, Nashville, TN
Collectors receive a crate of art from Nashville's Top Artists (including me)

TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the 21st Century
Group Exhibition (including me); travelled 2009 - 2012

InSight? OuttaSite? Artists Lectures
Another Nashville Cultural Arts Project

Art Instruction by Sher Fick on THUMBTACK