So that was all about 4 weeks ago. I am off the crutches and am down to braces and wraps for the ankle and can hobble almost anywhere. The worst part is trying to walk down stairs. (remember, my studio is down a very steep flight of stairs, I didn't see it for a whole week). If I have been on my feet too long I am exhausted . . . but, you know - it could have been so much worse. For a few days I had the perfect excuse to sit and talk and get giddy on painkillers. Not a bad way for the universe to inform me I better slow down OR ELSE! I found out what OR ELSE meant . . . just like the Fairygod Mother that swoops down and wacks Little Bunny Foo Foo on the head.
So that gives you a bit of the story of where I have been . . . not to mention the fact that I lost the information on how to access my very own blog for several weeks . . . I am back on track, back on my feet and there are NO MORE EXCUSES!
You can expect more updates, and the saga of how I am making it to Grand Rapids, MI in the near future!
Looking back, what I realized is that ALL ALONG I had people underneath me, holding tightly to a trampoline hoping I would bounce back up. Here is what some of you were screaming up at me while I fell and after I was lollygagging on the *what I thought was the sidewalk, but was really the* trampoline:
"I know it is hard to have a career and be a mom and wife. It is a constant struggle. But having a family is worth it. I wouldn't want to not have a family. Relationships are the most important thing about life! That's what I believe anyway." - Aletha
And I even got my OWN WORDS quoted back to me from dear Carrie:
"I've been reading old blog posts lately, they make me so happy. You said this: Even When We Feel Static, Progress Is Occurring - our creativity is like unto the lunar tide - moments of fullness and moments of waning. The pull inward and the push outward. The unearthed debris visible one moment and submerged the next . . . So there you go. "
. . . Carrie goes on to say: "Remember how you made everything else happen? I know you have it in you to make this happen, too . . . You know this is your Right Work. But our calling is our instructor, too. Don't be discouraged. You are an Artist. And SO few artists have the full package as you do. Allow a discouraging day, resistance is futile. Then put on your Invincible hat. Because you are, Sher, you ARE."
"You are wonderful, know that and be good to yourself." - Caryl
And here is Maureen (always Miss Sunshine to me), again, someone quoting me: “Which, as you know – is my goal in life – to be the twisted soul that I am, but to be lovable (and, loving, of course).” That’s exactly why I love you, Sher!!!! and just a few days later this one from Maureen: "Oh Sher, beloved Sher . . . Hang on tight . . . Love ya, woman! We're behind you."
"You've been in my heart today, I can't explain why." - Amy R. (this was the day I melted down and BEFORE I had shared it with anybody)! Amy R. also saved me a vintage advertisement and is sending it to me to alter - mailing it FOR FREE as a gift!
Here is the MOST stunning which came the evening BEFORE my meltdown when I was 'holding on tight' to a modicum of 'sanity' -
from Kathleen: "I have been on your pages many times and follow your blog. One of these times, words will tumble to describe what gifts you give. Here are a few...About your vintage-ish pieces... You participate in acts of redemption with your art. This is no small thing. You wrap, seam and embellish memory and truth in teal, pink, calico. The result... reality comforted, nostalgia disturbed. And through it... your particular kind of shine persists. Your vision is shared (thus we join) yet singular (thus we marvel). Congratulations of the Grand Rapids Art Prize Show. As a mother of three soul children, Nora, Morgan, Grace lost through miscarriage, I celebrate the all akimbo view of motherhood. So this night, know this... what you do matters and people notice. Many people notice. They do not all comment. Let my comments echo as many for you this night. Blessings for whatever in your life these days is pushing me to send this to you tonight." For God's Sake - Slay me NOW . . . as I said, ALL ALONG, you (all of you) were there holding onto the trampoline. I may not have gotten it quickly this time, but I understand now. That, for the first time in my life, I feel I have people/friends who will - CATCH ME IF I FALL -(altar niche creating in 2005-2006) There are many more people, and here are some more short excerpts of love messages from my 'posse' - "Sher, your art is fabulous . . . you are BEYOND fabulous . . . Hang in there! It will all be okay. I so love the little piece you made me. It makes me smile." - Mary Lou There are a few others that have the power to lighten my heart, even if I haven't quoted them here, I give a bow to: George, Haven, Linda, GiGi, Vanessa, Kate and her Oreo Bon-Bon's and general pin-up girl fabulosity, Jim Shue, John M, Michael T., Brenda QuinkyDink (all the HK Talkers! and former BB's) basically, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND SUE ME IF I FORGOT YOUR NAME . . . Marshall, who THANKED me for being HIS friend . . . I may actually sleep tonight. I, too, wish Gigi could send me some Ambien, darn those rules and regulations!
Sher Fick – Artist/Independent Curator
1023 St. Hubbins Drive, Spring Hill, TN 37174 – 615-975-1025 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org
INCENDIARY, A Political Invitational Exhibition celebrating freedom of speech – Sculpture, Painting, Photography & Installation Works – October, November 2008, Middle Tennessee, USA – 51 works including suspended installation of entire gallery. www.sherfickart.typepad.com for prospectus information or www.artcalendar.com
EARTHworks, An Invitational Exhibition – in correlation with National Land Association Conference, Nashville, TN, October 2006. Guest Curator, Crystalwood Gallery.
FLUX, Primary Organizer, Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Spring 2006.
PUBLIC ACCESS I & II, Cope Administration Building, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. Fall 2005 and Spring 2006.
SPIRITUAL MEMORY. Sprint Theatre Gallery. Niceville, FL. Spring 2003.
NEW FACES – SEMINAL - REGIONAL REFLECTIONS - TREASURE TROVE, Quarterly Exhibitions, New Endeavors Art Gallery, Destin, FL 2000-2002, Gallery Director.
FOR THE PUBLIC, Art Film Series at Art Center Galleries. Niceville, FL, 1998
15 monthly exhibitions of traveling exhibitions, juried exhibitions, guest artists, and membership exhibitions, FORT WALTON BEACH ART MUSEUM, Curator, 1999-2001.
1997 ANNUAL JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION, Art Center Galleries, Niceville, FL.
Assistant to Gallery Director, Art Center Galleries, Niceville, Fl, 1997 - 2001
Specific to Rapunzel's Tower:
Fick has interned and subsequently worked for Installation Artist Adrienne Outlaw at her Nashville studio. Fick continues Outlaw's art advocacy by extending opportunities to new, emerging artists. For Cheekwood Art & Garden's 2008 Happily Ever After exhibition, she has hired two former studio mates from MTSU to create the portrait panels for Rapunzel's Tower- Denise Johnson will create an image of the Enchantress and Selena Long will create images of the King/Queen (Rapunzel's erstwhile parents).
As a former elementary art teacher, Fick especially enjoys creating art specifically for children. Rapunzel's Tower will include: rock climbing wall with rappelling rope (Rapunzel's Braid), silly mirrors, discovery panels, and a letter search for the letters spelling out Rapunzel's name. Each aspect has been chosen to cover the imagination of children of all ages: from infant to the adult-young-at-heart.
Sher Fick at a Nashville Untitled Exhibition, October 2005.
Photo Credit: Julie Anderson of Made-Up Media, Waleska, GA.
Artist's Model of Rapunzel's Tower.
Photo Credit: Sher Fick, 2008.
Upper Level of Rapunzel's Tower, Studio Progression (unstained).
Photo Credit: Sher Fick, 2008.
Completed Tower will be 15 feet tall, including flag.
In recent series I wanted to explore and question the roles of women and women artists. In the last decades artists have been allowed to move beyond the gentle arts of needlepoint and watercolor, allowing for a more aggressive and passionate expression. As an artist, I never identified myself as a feminist. My being female was just a part of my biology, driving my sexual encounters and relations and the cause of reproduction. All of these feminist identifiers caused ambiguity within me. Constriction, restraint, feelings of abuse, and invisibility were the products of my femininity. In no way was I called to wave the feminist banner. I did not want someone to give me credit for or look at my art only through the pink lenses of feminism. I feel art should stand on its own as to content and visual principles of design. Does the viewer really need to know that a female created a work? So for years I de-feminized my subject matter, colors, and construction. I was going for an androgynous art.
Unfortunately, this separatist attitude developed into a denial of my complete person. I AM a woman. I AM a wife. I AM a mother. I loved playing with dolls as a child. I love to sew and crochet. As I began an archeological dig culturally, psychologically, and personally in my recent Excavations and Explorations series, I re-discovered and acknowledged - for the first time - my feminine history and existence. My new works include the very ambiguity I feel over this issue the abuse of the innocent child, societal attempts to break the feminine spirit and strength, celebrations of the resilience of children, the paradox and invisibility of motherhood and domestic practices, as well as the raw desire of sex and love.
My use of domestic and childhood materials and constructions of fabric and vintage apparel reveal the paradox of the life of a woman artist. I have embraced my love of the color pink and the vintage teal that stands for home and comfort. By questioning what femininity means to myself, I hope to offer a record of one-woman artists journey into acceptance and the embrace of the feminine spirit I have denied for years. In this series I visualize the depolarization of my artist/feminine self.