ARTIST STATEMENT


Having worked with encaustic for 10 years, I am constantly reminded of the multi-layered lives we lead, as the media reinforces all of the meaning of my subject matter: authenticity, translucency, polarity, cadence, and, most importantly, integrity.  I work from a place of intellectual research and then move towards a chosen color palette.  I know a piece is complete when I reach a sense of ‘quiet’ within the process.  When the work 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, if they so desire.

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.



Info

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

Sher Fick lives and works in Rural Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. Her home studio consists of 1200 sq. feet of a working studio and includes: kiln, woodworking and framing, sculpture, encaustic, and mixed media equipment and is workshop and visitor ready. 


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