National University of Ireland Galway Burren College of Art (MFA)
About Sherry Erskine
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.