National University of Ireland Galway Burren College of Art (MFA)
About Sherry Erskine
Artist Statement: My work strives to uncover the human condition in ambiguous, imaginary realms. Through imagery, technology and light, I explore layers of human consciousness in processes called active imagination and performative photography. In self-portraits, I place myself center stage not as statements of identity but as a way to explore inner archetypal states and struggles. A dichotomy of tensions exist in all myths and archetypes: good and evil, mental and physical, tenderness and violence, love and hate, harmony and conflict, birth and death, interior and exterior, and so on. In an iterative process of engaging materials – fabric with my body – I uncover, analyze, refine, and recreate these tensions to express myths of self, journey or transformation. Ultimately, my artistic intent is to uncover and clarify my own unconscious thoughts, feelings and ideas to determine a greater sense of myself. Yet it is my intention that rigorous research and creation of meaning through making may serve to make the personal – universal. Rather than communicating a single message, I invite the viewer to consider dream states at multiple levels – the personal or collective.
BIO: Sherry Erskine's art work in lens based media and installation recently earned awards including funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts through the Bay Area Video Coalition San Francisco for video preservation (2018-2017); being long-listed by the Royal Dublin Society Visual Art Awards (2017); selected to round two by Aesthetica Magazine (2016); The Royal College of Art and Design London Exchange Program (2016); NEA-funding through the Bay Area Video Coalition San Francisco for video preservation (2015); and an artist residency at Polli Talu Fine Arts Center in Estonia (2013). Select exhibitions include ArtPrize 2017, Grand Rapids (Sept-Oct 2017); CO–LATERAL and Between Three Worlds, Burren College of Art Gallery (Dec-Jan 2017 and April 2017); Begauze, VI PER Gallery, Prague (Sept 2016); and The Gauze Series, La Mama Galleria Family Show, New York City (Dec 2016).
Raised in Detroit, Sherry earned a Master of Fine Art in interdisciplinary lens based media from the National University of Ireland Galway Burren College of Art in 2017 and both a Master of Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Art with high honor in graphic design from Michigan State University in 1977. Her career in the arts has encompassed a wide array of interdisciplinary interests and experiences ranging from co-founder of One-Twenty in the Shade Art Gallery (Lansing, MI), vocalist on two vinyl EPs for Trainable [7X33 and Doubletake], and technical director for The Asia Society (New York City). Since 1988, she has been the Vice President of Education for GOH Productions, a non-profit international arts services organization based in New York City. Sherry Erskine’s extensive teaching career includes public school Visual Art and college level Art Education. She is currently on the faculty of College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI).